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Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the march, 1918
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Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War

In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.

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Cap badge of The Royal Horse Guards, c1914

The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

This cavalry unit was formed in 1650 and was the second-most senior regiment of the British Army. It served for over 300 years until 1969, when it was merged into The Blues and Royals.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, 1st The Royal Dragoons, c1935

The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons)

This unit was raised in 1661, making it one of the oldest cavalry regiments in British Army history. It served in many campaigns until 1969, when it was merged into The Blues and Royals.

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Cap badge, The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), c1990

The Blues and Royals

Formed in 1969, this unit is now part of the Household Cavalry. It is the second-most senior regiment in the British Army and operates as both an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard of the monarch.

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Cap badge, The Household Cavalry, c1919

The Household Cavalry

This British Army corps operates as an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard of the monarch. Formed in 1992, it has served in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Life Guards, c1958

The Life Guards

This cavalry unit is the senior regiment in the British Army, having been formed in the 1650s. It is now part of the Household Cavalry and operates as an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard.

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Other ranks' glengarry badge, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, c1874

The Royal Welch Fusiliers

This British Army infantry unit was formed in 1689 and primarily recruited in North Wales. Throughout its long history, it served in many campaigns. In 2006, it was merged into The Royal Welsh.

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Cap badge, The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot), c1969

The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/41st Foot)

This British Army infantry unit was formed in 1969. It served in several operations until 2006, when it was merged into The Royal Welsh.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The South Wales Borderers, c1900

The South Wales Borderers

This British Army infantry unit was formed in 1689. It served for 280 years until 1969, when it was merged into The Royal Regiment of Wales.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Mercian Regiment, 2010

The Mercian Regiment

This British Army infantry unit was formed in 2007 and recruits in the Midlands. It has served in several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Cheshire Regiment, c1914

The Cheshire Regiment

This British Army infantry unit was formed in 1689. It fought in many campaigns until 2007, when it became part of The Mercian Regiment.

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Pelisse, Zieten Hussars, worn by The Duke of Connaught, 1900s

A uniform fit for a prince

Flamboyant hussar uniforms belonging to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, demonstrate the close dynastic links between European monarchies and the tradition of foreign royals serving as honorary heads of military units.

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Cap badge, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters, c1970

The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment

This unit was formed in 1970 and recruited in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire. It existed until 2007, when it became part of The Mercian Regiment.

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