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1650
1650

Heselrig’s Regiment of Cuirassiers (Parliamentary Army)

1658
1658

(Raised in exile) 1st, His Majesty’s Own Troop of Guards

1659
1659

(Raised in exile) Monk’s Life Guard: renamed: 3rd The Duke of Albermarle’s Own Troop of Guards

1660
1660

Cromwellian replaced by Royalist Officers

Redesignated: The Royal Regiment
1660

A watershed in British history: restoration of the King after the English Civil War and Cromwellian Parliamentary rule.

1661
1661

Royal Regiment of Horse or, Horse Guards

The Royal Horse Guards trace their origins back to a force (Unton Crooke’s Horse) raised by Oliver Cromwell prior to the second invasion of Scotland, but the parliamentary officers were replaced by royalists in 1660 to form The Royal Regiment of Horse (later known as the Blues) to rid the..Read More
1661

1661-1703 – Command by Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford.

Nickname: Oxford Blues
1661

Tangiers Horse

The Royal Regiment of Dragoons (later known as The Royals) are raised to garrison and defend England’s new colony of Tangier in Morocco against the Moorish cavalry.
1670
1670

2nd, The Queen’s Troop of Guards

Each of the four principal Troops had their own Horse Grenadiers Troop – 1st, King’s Troop of Grenadiers – 2nd, Queen’s Toop of Grenadiers – 3rd, The Duke’s Troop of Grenadiers – 4th Troop of Grenadiers (disbanded 1689)
1674
1674

Ranked 1st Dragoons (but not numbered)

1683
1683

The King’s Own Royal Regiment of Dragoons

1685
1685

1685-1747 – Ranked 1st Regiment of Horse (but not numbered)

1690
1690

The Royal Regiment of Dragoons

1702
1702

2nd, Scots Troop of Horse Grenadier Guards

1709
1709

2nd Troop, Horse Grenadier Guards

1709

1st Troop, Horse Grenadier Guards

1750
1750

Royal Horse Guards (Blue)

1751
1751

1st (Royal Regiment) of Dragoons

1788
1788

1st Life Guards

1788

2nd Life Guards

1813
1813

1813-1815 – Brigaded with the Life Guards in battle

1815
1815

Battle of Waterloo

The Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards and Royal Dragoons all distinguish themselves at the Battle of Waterloo. The Royal Dragoons capture the eagle Standard of Napoleon’s 105th Regiment, which today forms part of the Blues & Royals badge.
1819
1819

The Royal Regiment of Horse Guards (The Blues)

1827
1827

Formally elevated to Household Cavalry

1877
1877

Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)

1877

1st (Royal) Dragoons

1914
1914

WWI – 1914-18

The Regiments deploy mounted for WWI, but also serve in the trenches and formed part of the Guards Machine Gun Battalions. Losses are heavy, but contrary to public perception, successful cavalry charges still take place.
1921
1921

1st The Royal Dragoons

1922
1922

The Life Guards (1st and 2nd)

The 1st and 2nd Life Guards amalgamate and are called “The Life Guards (1st and 2nd)” until 1928 when they are renamed “The Life Guards”.
1928
1928

The Life Guards

1939
1939

WWII – 1939-45

British cavalry regiments ‘mechanise’ for WWII, and Life Guards and Blues & Royals form the 1st and 2nd composite Household Cavalry Regiments, the second of which is described by General Brian Horrocks as “the finest armoured car regiment I have ever seen”. They see action in Palestine, North Africa and..Read More
1961
1961

The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons)

“The Royals” did not enter Household Service until 1969 when they amalgamated with The Blues
1969
1969

The Blues and Royals Royal Horse Guards / 1st Dragoons

1969

1969-2004 Op BANNER in Northern Ireland

Op BANNER in Northern Ireland sees the Life Guards and Blues and Royals deploy as individuals and units, dismounted or mounted in armoured cars, to assist the Government in restoring normality in Northern Ireland.
1982
1982

The Blues & Royals deploy two troops to the Falkland Islands

The Blues & Royals, mounted in Scimitar and Scorpion armoured reconnaissance vehicles, deploy two troops to the Falkland Islands. They are used to great effect in support of 2 Para at The Battle of Wireless Ridge.
1990
1990

Life Guards deploy to the Gulf

The Life Guards deploy to the Gulf for Operation Desert Storm in Challenger 1 tanks. They take part in the land war, finishing up astride the Kuwait City to Basra highroad.
1991
1991

The Options for Change Defence Review sees a union between the Life Guards and Blues & Royals

The Options for Change Defence Review sees a union between the Life Guards and Blues & Royals, each regiment reducing to two reconnaissance squadrons based in Windsor as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) and one squadron committed to mounted ceremonial duties in London as part of the Household Cavalry..Read More
1994
1994

Bosnia

1999
1999

Kosovo

(Op AGRICOLA).
2003
2003

2003 – 2008 Iraq

(Op TELIC).
2006
2006

2006 and ongoing Afghanistan

(Op HERRICK).

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