Trivia information for anyone visiting London. If you visit Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, St James's Palace or Windsor Castle the chances are that you will not see the Scarlet coated bearskin wearing guards that you expect to see. The 7 regiments that make up the Household (or Guards) Division are spending more and more time deployed on operations in Afghanistan and various other hot spots. However there will be loads of them around for the up and coming "Royal Wedding" (Have you had your invite yet Tom, I put in a good word for you )
There are four ways to distinguish which of the 7 regiments each guardsman belongs to. The first and most obvious is the regimental badge, when in their home service clothing this is only shown on their collars so is not easy to see, the other ways are The colour of the plume in their bearskin, the side of the bearskin that the plume is in and the number and arrangement of the buttons on their tunic. The two cavalry regiments can be distinguished by the colour of the plumes from their helmets and the colour of their tunics (the farriers screw this up as they have black plumes)
Anyway this is the new graphic from the top of the Household Devision newsletter and it is a great crib sheet to help you spot who is who.
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