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London attractions: Learn more about the Queen's iconic Foot Guards at the Guards Museum

Published: Tuesday 16th of October 2012

The Queen's guards are one of the most iconic sights in the English capital, with their smart red coats and bearskin hats, and people looking for London attractions that celebrate this should make a beeline for the Guards Museum.

At the museum visitors will learn about the five regiments of Foot Guards, including Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards.

Along with the two regiments of Household Cavalry they make up Her Majesty's Household Division, which guard the Queen and the Royal Palaces.

The exhibition currently showing is the Cloth Badges of the Brigade of Guards, which exhibits the badges that have been worn for centuries by the British Army.

One of the earliest cloth badges on display are chevrons which were first introduced into the Army in 1802, with the pattern on these evolving over the years.

The Foot Guards are unique in that they do not wear any single bar chevrons as Queen Victoria declared that she did not want her foot guards to wear any such badge.

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Posted by Georgina Black

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