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The Queen's Guard on Horseback

The guards who guard the Queen and the Royal Palaces are all part of the Household Division

The Household Division is made up of seven regiments of the British Army:

  • two regiments of The Household Cavalry (The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals) and
  • five regiments of Foot Guards

This page is about The Household Cavalry.

Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall

The Queen's Household Cavalry is the mounted guard at the entrance to Horse Guards Arch, which is located east of St James's Park. It is the official main entrance to both St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace.

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The Guard Changing Ceremony takes place takes place daily at 11am (10am on Sundays) and lasts about 30 minutes. The mounted sentries (who change every hour) are on duty each day from 10am until 4pm, at which time there is a dismounted parade of the Guard.Two dismounted sentries remain on duty until the gates are shut at 8pm, when only one sentry is left on guard until 7am when the second sentry returns on duty.

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The Household Cavalry Regiments

There are two Household Cavalry Regiments - The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals.

The Life Guards

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The Life Guards

The Blues and Royals

Tunic Colour
Plume Colour
Collar Colour
The Blues and Royals


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See more photos of Horse Guards Arch and the parade ground

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