In 1992 The Life Guards formed a “Union” with The Blues and Royals as part of the overall reduction in the size of the British Army.
The Household Cavalry now has an Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment at Combermere Barracks in Windsor (the Household Cavalry Regiment) and a Ceremonial Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London (the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment). Each Regiment has sabre squadrons manned by Life Guards and Blues and Royals, and joint Headquarters Squadrons.
All Household Cavalrymen alternate their service between the Armoured and Mounted Regiments. Many Household Cavalrymen have served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, The Gulf (1991), Iraq and Afghanistan. This career pattern is unique in the British Army.
The Household Cavalry Band musicians, like our Dutymen, are either Life Guards or Blues and Royals. They play on foot or mounted on horses. These musicians are members of the Corps of Army Music. Our Band also provides the State Trumpeters who play fanfares and salutes throughout the country on major ceremonial occasions.