This is the senior regiment in the army even if it is not the oldest. It dates from the time that Charles II was invited back to England during the Restoration. Therefore, this regiment was heavily identified with the ruling sovereign and were often used as sentries in State functions.

After World War One, the First and Second Life Guards regiments were amalgamated to form the Life Guards. Unusually, Life Guards were not referred to as Troopers but as Private Gentlement. This comes from the elite background of the regiment when prospective recruits actually paid for the honour to serve in the regiment.

The Bangers
The Cheesemongers
The Fly-slicers
The Piccadilly Butchers
The Roast and Boiled
The Ticky Tins
The Tin Bellies
The Patent Safeties
Honi soit qui mal y pense
Evil be to him who evil thinks
Regimental Marches
Millanollo (Quick)
Val Hamm
The Life Guards Slow March (Slow)
Regimental Anniversary
Waterloo Day 18th June
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Predecessor Units
The Life Guards
1st Troop of Horse Guards

(1661 - 1788)
1st Life Guards
(1788 - 1922)
2nd Life Guards
(1788 - 1922)
Regimental Museum
Household Cavalry Museum
Combermere Barracks


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