Point of Interest

The Guards Museum

England / Europe

At the heart of Wellington Barracks lies a museum dedicated to artefacts and memorabilia from the five regimens of Her Majesty’s Foot Guards open for both the public and Guardsman to learn about the history of their regiment. Open since 1988, the museum includes displays of uniforms, weapons and dioramas of various battles the Guardsman have participated in. Foot Guard Recruits go through an intensive thirty-week training program and train for an extra two weeks than regular line infantry regiments of the British Army. The Foot Guard Regiment play two roles in the British Army, firstly they are elite foot soldiers and secondly, they are ceremonial troops trained to be involved in state or royal ceremonial tasks. Each regiment has a Regimental Band whom play during Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace. There are five different regiments of Foot Guards in the Household Division whom provide the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace; the Grenadier Guards (formed 1656 and the most senior Regiment), the Coldstream Guards (formed 1650), the Scots Guards (reformed 1650), the Irish Guards (formed 1900) and the Welsh Guards (formed 1915). Each regiment can be instantly distinguished based on the badge on their collar and shoulders, if they are wearing a plume and what colour it is and even their tunic buttons which are spaced to reflect their order of seniority. 

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