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 Guards have two roles in the British Army. First and foremost they are highly trained infantry soldiers who carry out operational duties worldwide.

In addition to their combat role the Guards train for Public Duties where they take part State and Royal ceremonial events.

Foot Guard Uniforms

The scarlet uniforms and bearskin caps of the troops you see Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace may appear the same at first glance, but there subtle differences.

Click or tap a Guard to see how you can to spot the difference in their uniforms and know which regiments are taking part in Changing the Guard.

 

Grenadier Guards uniform

Grenadier Guards

Coldstream Guards uniform

Coldstream Guards

Scots Guards

Scots Guards

Irish Guards uniform

Irish Guards

Welsh Guards uniform

Welsh Guards

The Guards Bands

Each Regiment of Foot Guards has a Regimental Band, who are part of the Army Corps of Music.

During Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace the Bands provide musical support playing a selection of music that ranges from stirring military marches to popular tunes including theme music from films and TV shows.

In addition to their Regimental Band each battalion has, with the exception of the Scots Guards, a Corps of Drums.

The Scots Guards, and the Irish Guards, who in addition to their Corp of Drums, have a Pipe Band who can be seen occasionally at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

From State Ceremonial events in London to overseas Military Tattoos, the Bands of the Household Division can be seen supporting the military and promoting the UK at events around the world.

Grenadier Guards

Grenadier Guards Lance Sergeant

Formed

Plume

Plume Colour

Button Spacing

Collar Badge

Shoulder Badge

Regimental Quick March

Regimental Slow March

Regimental Anniversary

Regimental Motto

June 1656

Left

White

Singly

Grenade

Royal Cipher

The British Grenadiers

Scipio

-

Honi soit qui mal y pense
“Shame Upon He Who Thinks Evil Of It”

Coldstream Guards

Coldstream Guards sentry

Formed

Plume

Plume Colour

Button Spacing

Collar Badge

Shoulder Badge

Regimental Quick March

Regimental Slow March

Regimental Anniversary

Regimental Motto

August 1650

Right

Red

Pairs

Garter Star

Rose

Milanollo

Figaro

St George's Day, - Apr 23

Nulli Secundus
?Second To None?

 

Scots Guards

Scots Guards sentry at St James's Palace

Formed

Plume

Plume Colour

Button Spacing

Collar Badge

Shoulder Badge

Regimental Quick March

Regimental Slow March

Regimental Anniversary

Regimental Motto

reformed - October 1650

None

-

Threes

Thistle

Thistle Star

Hielan' Laddie

The Garb of Old Gaul

St Andrew's Day - Nov 30

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
?No One Assails Me With Impunity?

 

Irish Guards

Irish Guard on sentry duty

Formed

Plume

Plume Colour

Button Spacing

Collar Badge

Shoulder Badge

Regimental Quick March

Regimental Slow March

Regimental Anniversary

Regimental Motto

April 1900

Left

Blue

Fours

Shamrock

St Patricks Star

St Patricks Day

Let Erin Remember

St Patricks Day - March 17

Quis Separabit?
"Who Shall Separate Us"

 

Welsh Guards

Welsh Guard on sentry duty

Formed

Plume

Plume Colour

Button Spacing

Collar Badge

Shoulder Badge

Regimental Quick March

Regimental Slow March

Regimental Anniversary

April 1900

Left

White - Green - White

Leek

Leek

Rising of the Lark

Men of Harlech

St David's Day - March 1

Cymru am Byth
Wales Forever

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