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

At first sight the scarlet uniforms and bearskin caps 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 uniforms the regiments wear..

Grenadier Guards
Grenadier Guards
Coldstream Guards
Coldstream Guards
Scots Guards
Scots Guards
Irish Guards
Irish Guards
Welsh Guard
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 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 Guards Bands can be seen supporting the military and promoting the UK at events around the world.

Drums of the Band of the Grenadier Guards

 

 

Grenadier Guards

Lance Sergeant from the Grenadier Guards
Formed
June 1656
Plume
Left
Plume Colour
White
Button Spacing
Singly
Collar Badge
Grenade
Shoulder Badge
Royal Cipher
Regimental Quick March
The British Grenadiers
Regimental Slow March
Scipio
Regimental Anniversary
-
Motto
Honi soit qui mal y pense
“Shame Upon He Who Thinks Evil Of It”

 

 

 

Coldstream Guards

..Coldstream Guard on sentry duty
Formed
August 1650
Plume
Right
Plume Colour
Red
Button Spacing
Pairs
Collar Badge
Garter Star
Shoulder Badge
Rose
Regimental Quick March
Milanollo
Regimental Slow March
Figaro
Regimental Anniversary
St George's Day, - Apr 23
Motto
Nulli Secundus
“Second To None”

 

 

 

Scots Guards

Scots Guard on duty at St James Palace
Formed
reformed: October 1650
Plume
None
Plume Colour
Button Spacing
Threes
Collar Badge
Thistle
Shoulder Badge
Thistle Star
Regimental Quick March
Hielan' Laddie
Regimental Slow March
The Garb of Old Gaul
Regimental Anniversary
St Andrew's Day - Nov 30
Motto
Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
“No One Assails Me With Impunity”

 

 

 

Irish Guards

Irsih Guard on sentry duty
Formed
April 1900
Plume
Right
Plume Colour
Blue
Button Spacing
Fours
Collar Badge
Shamrock
Shoulder Badge
St Patrick Star
Regimental Quick March
St Patrick's Day
Regimental Slow March
Let Erin Remember
Regimental Anniversary
St Patrick's Day - Mar 17
Motto
Quis Separabit
"Who Shall Separate Us"

 

 

 

Welsh Guards

Guardsman from the Welsh Guards on sentry duty
Formed
February 1915
Plume
Left
Plume Colour
White - Green - White
Button Spacing
Fives
Collar Badge
Leek
Shoulder Badge
Leek
Regimental Quick March
Rising of the Lark
Regimental Slow March
Men of Harlech
Regimental Anniversary
St David's Day - March 1
Motto
Cymru am Byth
“Wales Forever”

 

 

Guards Training

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.

Take a look behind the scenes at the historic and hidden world of the Grenadier Guards in this three part video documentary about their training.