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..
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.
“Shame Upon He Who Thinks Evil Of It”
“No One Assails Me With Impunity”
"Who Shall Separate Us"
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.