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    Guard at Buckingham Palace

    February 12, 2014  by Administrator  •  UK

    The Queen’s Guard and Queen’s Life Guard (called King’s Guard and King’s Life Guard when the reigning monarch is male) are the names given to contingents of infantry and cavalry soldiers charged with guarding the official royal residences in London. The British Army has regiments of both Horse Guards and Foot Guards predating the English Restoration (1660), and since the reign of King Charles II these have been responsible for guarding the Sovereign’s palaces. Contrary to popular belief, they are not purely ceremonial and are fully operational soldiers.