Changing the Guard | Household Division / Foot Guards
There are five regiments of Foot Guards in the Household Division, the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards ,the Scots Guards, the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards, who normally provide the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace.
The Foot Guard Regiment, have two roles in the British Army. First and foremost they are elite infantry soldiers who carry out operational duties worldwide. Secondly the Foot Guards train as ceremonial troops who are trained to be involved in any state or royal ceremonial tasks.
Foot Guard Uniforms
At first sight the scarlet uniforms and bearskin hats of the troops you see Changing the guard at Buckingham Place may appear the same. But, there subtle differences that let you distinguish the different Foot Guard Regiment.
Click on the guards to see the difference between the Foot Guards uniforms.
The Guards Bands
Each Regiment of Foot Guards has a Regimental Band who are part of the Army Corps of Music.
Many of you will have seen the Bands providing musical support during Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, but they also take part events around the world.
From State Ceremonial events in London to overseas military Tattoos, the Guards Bands can be seen supporting the military and promoting the UK.
Recruits, to the Guards Regiments, go through a thirty week grueling training programme at the Infantry Training Centre.
The training, for the Guards, is two weeks longer than the training for the regular line infantry regiments of the British Army.
The extra training, which is carried out throughout the course, is devoted to drill and the ceremonies the Foot Guards will take part in when engaged on Public Duties.