Life Guards (United Kingdom)

senior regiment of the British Household Cavalry

The Life Guards are a cavalry regiment in the British Army. They are part of the Household Cavalry.

The Life Guards
Active21 May 1922[a]–present
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
BranchBritish Army
TypeLife guards
RoleArmoured reconnaissance and ceremonial
Part ofHousehold Cavalry
Garrison/HQRHQ – London
Regiment – Bulford Camp
Nickname(s)Piccadilly Cowboys, Donkey Wallopers, Tins, Tinned Fruit, Piccadilly Butchers.
Motto(s)Honi soit qui mal y pense
(Middle French for 'Shame on him who thinks evil of it')
MarchQuick: "Milanollo"
Slow: "Life Guards Slow March"
Trot past: "Keel Row"
Colonel-in-ChiefThe King
Colonel of
the Regiment
Lt Gen Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne
Tactical Recognition Flash

Notes change

  1. The current 'Life Guards' were raised in 1922 following reductions to the Cavalry Corps. The regiment's predecessors, the 1st and 2nd Life Guards, have their roots dating back to 1660.