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The public perception of the Guards is of soldiers used for ceremonial duties and State pageantry and officered, in the words of Lord Mandelson, by “chinless wonders”. But, The Drum Horse in the Fountain demonstrates how far from the mark is this image.
Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon have captured the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred of the officers and men, many of whom have been forgotten or overlooked, who, since King Charles II, have served in the seven Regiments (two Household Cavalry and five Foot Guards) of the sovereign’s personal troops.
Christopher Joll, a former officer in The Life Guards, is now an author and event director, and Anthony Weldon is a former Irish Guards officer turned author and publisher. The two of them have combined forces to produce a riveting account of characters who served in the Household Cavalry and the Foot Guards since 1660, drawing on their extensive experience of both arms of the Sovereign’s Household troops.