Regiments and Corps

The Household Cavalry

'C' Squadron, Household Cavalry Regiment, Fire Support Group, Helmand, 2010

Origins

The Household Cavalry is made up of two regiments - the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR).

It was formed in 1992 by linking together the British Army’s two guards cavalry units, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. These had previously served together in temporary wartime formations like the Household Cavalry Composite Regiment. 

Neither the HCR or HCMR has traditions or uniforms of its own. Instead, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals retain their own regimental uniforms, traditions and colonels.

Cap badge, The Household Cavalry, c1919

Household Cavalry Regiment Scimitar light reconnaissance tank, Helmand, 2011

A Household Cavalry Scimitar reconnaissance tank, Helmand, 2011

HCR

The Household Cavalry Regiment, based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, is the corps’ operational wing of four squadrons, two from each of the guards cavalry regiments. It fights as part of the Royal Armoured Corps, though in terms of precedence the Household Cavalry is a corps of its own.

The regiment had squadrons on duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994-95 and with Nato forces in Kosovo in 1999. Later, it regularly deployed to Iraq (2003-11) during Operation Telic, some squadrons with 16 Air Assault Brigade and others with 1 Mechanised Brigade.

In 2006, a squadron also fought in Helmand in Afghanistan (2001-13). The regiment returned there four times between 2007 and 2013.

A farrier of the Household Cavalry at work, 2014

Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Horse Guards, 2016

Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 2016

HCMR

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment carries out ceremonial duties from Hyde Park Barracks in London. It consists of one squadron from The Life Guards, one from The Blues and Royals and one joint Headquarters Squadron.

Members of the regiment take part in many of the great state ceremonial occasions, including Trooping the Colour and the State Opening of Parliament. They also stand sentry at Horse Guards, once the official entrance to St James's Palace and Whitehall Palace.

Household Cavalry Museum

The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.

Explore the history and collections of the Household Cavalry by visiting the Household Cavalry Museum in London.

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