The Household Cavalry boasts a long and unbroken tradition of service to our country spanning nearly four centuries.
Soldiers will perform duties as part of the Armoured Calvary regiment , based at Combermere Barracks in Windsor and sit ready and waiting to react to any crisis throughout the world.
Traditionally, the regiment was mounted on the horseback, but today, are more often found 'mounted' on tanks and other combat vehicles.
These same soldiers may fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, before switching their to the Household Calvary Mounted Regiment, where they provide a bodyguard service to the Queen, or perform State Ceremonial duties.
While they might be first and foremost a fighting soldier, each member is required to be flexible, and must always maintain the highest standards and observe the long-standing traditions of Britain.
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The present-day units have developed and evolved over the last 350 years.
They are ready for short-notice operations at home of abroad and has experience in recent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the UK.
The main role of Armoured Cavalry soldiers is to gather information on the battlefield in order to provide accurate, timely and continuous intelligence in all conditions in order to allow commanders to make informed tactical decisions.
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According to the Military of Defence website, the Armoured Cavalry soldier has to rely on his wit, ingenuity and intellect to find, understand and exploit information pertaining to the enemy and the environment.
In London, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment provides the Army’s mounted State Ceremonial & Public Duties capability – the public face of the British Army to the world and the mounted escort to Her Majesty The Queen.
Every Household Cavalry soldier is first and foremost a fighting soldier and, uniquely in the British Army, the Household Cavalry use their qualities to excellent effect by combining their role in armoured fighting vehicles with the mounted State Ceremonial role.