Household Cavalry Regiment

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The Household Cavalry Regiment
A Jackal Vehicle and Soldier Stand Guard at a Vehicle Checkpoint in Afghanistan MOD 45153290.jpg
A Jackal Vehicle and Soldier Stand Guard at a Vehicle Checkpoint in Afghanistan
Active 19 October 1992 – present
Country United Kingdom
Branch  British Army
Type Horse guards
Role Formation reconnaissance
Size One regiment
Part of Household Cavalry
Garrison/HQ Combermere Barracks, Windsor
Motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense
(Evil be to Him who Evil Thinks)
March Life Guards: Quick – Millanollo
Slow – Life Guards Slow March
Trot past – Keel Row
Blues and Royals: Quick – Quick March of the Blues and Royals
Slow – Slow March of the Blues and Royals
Trot past – Keel Row
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen

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 union of The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals for operational purposes. Both regiments were allowed to maintain their separate identities, and each provides two squadrons for the HCR. This makes the HCR unusual 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 distinct uniforms, traditions, headquarters and colonels.[1]

The regiment is part of the Household Cavalry, which is a corps in its own right, rather than the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC), which other armoured units in the British Army are part of. However, it serves as one of the army's 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.[2] This will no longer be the case under Army 2020.

It currently serves as the formation reconnaissance regiment assigned to 1 Mechanised Brigade and is based at Combermere Barracks, Windsor, one mile from Windsor Castle.[3] Under the plans of the Army 2020 reforms, the regiment will be the Armoured Cavalry element of the 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade equipped with the Scimitar 2 and later the SCOUT SV.[4]

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  1. ^ "Household Cavalry". Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "formation reconnaissance regiment". Armed Forces. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Household Cavalry Regiment". Ministry of Defence. 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Riflemen train for post-Afghanistan deployments". Ministry of Defence. 13 March 2013. 

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