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Unit History: Household Cavalry

Household Cavalry The Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and is one of two regiments that are formed from the Household Cavalry. It was formed in 1992, under the Options for Change reforms, by the amalgamation of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. Both regiments were allowed to maintain their identities, and each provides two squadrons for the HCR. This makes the HCR relatively unique in the British Army, in that it is an operational regiment only - it does not have its own ceremonial identity, as the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals have their own RHQs, their own uniforms and accoutrements.

The regiment is part of the Household Cavalry, which is a corps in its own right, rather than the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC). However, it serves as one of the five formation reconnaissance regiments, for which it is equipped with various vehicles including the FV107 Scimitar, and is considered, for operational purposes, as part of the RAC. Uniquely among the army’s formation reconnaissance regiments, in peacetime the Household Cavalry Regiment has four operational squadrons (the rest have three); one of the HCR’s squadrons is permanently attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade.

It currently serves as the formation reconnaissance regiment assigned to 1 Reconnaissance Brigade, which provides reconnaissance to 3rd (UK) Mechanised Division, and is based at Combermere Barracks, Windsor, one mile from Windsor Castle.

Memories of Household Cavalry

(Memories written by members of Forces Reunited)

Household Cavalry Regiment, in 1958

ON THE BEECH AT POTOBELLA SCOTLAND ON THE MUSICAL RIDE.

Forces Reunited Forum Posts Involving Household Cavalry

"...happen to any other British soldier is wrong. If all this was happening 60 years ago, where would we be now? In the present climate it adds more fuel to the fire for these terrorists in Iraq." Another former soldier, who served in Iraq with the Household Cavalry for six months, said: "You are out there to do the job. If you have got to start thinking about silly things that you might be prosecuted for, you’re putting people’s lives at risk. "If you have got to think about that at a moment’s..."
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"...happen to any other British soldier is wrong. If all this was happening 60 years ago, where would we be now? In the present climate it adds more fuel to the fire for these terrorists in Iraq." Another former soldier, who served in Iraq with the Household Cavalry for six months, said: "You are out there to do the job. If you have got to start thinking about silly things that you might be prosecuted for, you’re putting people’s lives at risk. "If you have got to think about that at a moment’s..."
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"Prince Harry is to join the Household Cavalry and serve with the Blues and Royals when he leaves Sandhurst, Clarence House has said. Harry, 21, is due to complete his Army officer training in April. The news comes just weeks after Prince William also entered the Surrey academy to undertake the 44-week course. The regiment, which has recently had squadrons on operational duty with the United Nations and Nato in Bosnia and Kosovo, is expected to return to Iraq. The Ministry of Defence..."
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"Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR) The Household Cavalry Regiment provides one squadron of reconnaissance support to the Brigade. This gives an all-weather vehicle borne and dismounted reconnaissance capability. Able to operate in all aspects of war, the Squadron provides high definition intelligence on terrain, enemy dispositions and intentions and is able to pass this intelligence back to Brigade Headquarters via secure communications. HCR have provided reconnaissance support to the Brigade..."
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"good regiment.im so a gdsm.household cavalry.honi sour kimaly ponse, i apologise for spelling, it means evil be to he who evil thinks, distant memories mate, but in my head and heart.i know a couple of light infantry lads, were on a bus, my mate was burnt pretty bad, i was shocked at first, but we became mates.i trained with the sas....oh yeah, the grenadiers against the sas, we lost, apparently it took them 4 hours to crawl 10 metres, they killed us all.seen their badge, he who dares wins, no..."
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