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Blues and Royals at Horse Guards

Pictured are Blues and Royals horses at Horse Guards.
The Blues and Royals were formed in 1969 from an amalgamation of the Royal Horse Guards, which was known as " the Blues" or " the Oxford Blues", and theRoyal Dragoons, which was known as " the Royals".
As a result of theOptions for ChangeReview in 1991, the Blues and Royals formed a union for operational purposes with theLife Guardsas theHousehold Cavalry Regiment.
However, they each maintain their regimental identity, with distinct uniforms and traditions, and their own colonel. The Blues and Royals currently has two reconnaissance squadrons inWindsor, which are part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, and a mounted squadron inLondonas part of theHousehold Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Instead of being known as the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons, the regiment is known as the Blues and Royals and is therefore the only regiment in the British Army to be officially known by their nickname as opposed to their full name.
On ceremonial occasions, the Blues and Royals wear a blue tunic (inherited from theRoyal Horse Guards, also known as " the Blues" ), a metalcuirass, and a matching helmet with a red plume worn unbound, and against popular belief the regiments farriers wear a red plume like the rest of the regiment but do not wear the metalcuirass. In addition, the Blues and Royals wear their chin strap under their chin, as opposed to theLife Guards, who wear it below their lower lip.
On service dress, the Blues and Royals wear a blue lanyard on the left shoulder, as well as aSam Browne beltcontaining a whistle. In most dress orders, theWaterloo Eagleis worn on the left arm as part of dress traditions.
The Blues and Royals, as part of the Household Division, does not use theOrder of the BathStar for its officer rank pips, but rather theOrder of the GarterStar

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This print showcases the magnificent Blues and Royals horses at Horse Guards. The Blues and Royals, formed in 1969, are a distinguished regiment that combines the Royal Horse Guards (known as "the Blues" or "the Oxford Blues") and the Royal Dragoons (known as "the Royals"). Despite their operational union with the Life Guards under the Household Cavalry Regiment, both regiments maintain their unique identities, uniforms, traditions, and colonels. The Blues and Royals have two reconnaissance squadrons in Windsor as part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, along with a mounted squadron in London as part of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. They hold a special distinction within the British Army by being officially known by their nickname rather than their full name. During ceremonial occasions, these gallant soldiers don a blue tunic inherited from the Royal Horse Guards alongside a metal cuirass and matching helmet adorned with an unbound red plume. Contrary to popular belief, although all other members wear red plumes like rest of regiment during ceremonies; farriers do not wear metal cuirasses. Additionally, they fasten their chin strap under their chin instead of below their lower lip like the Life Guards. In service dress attire, they proudly display a blue lanyard on their left shoulder along with a Sam Browne belt containing a whistle. As per tradition for most dress orders within this esteemed regiment, they also bear Waterloo Eagle on their left arm. It is worth noting that unlike other officer rank pips using Order of Bath Star insignia within Household Division units; officers in Blues and Royals utilize Order of Garter Star insignia instead. Overall this remarkable photograph captures both elegance and strength embodied by these noble steeds ridden by members of one Britain's most prestigious cavalry regiments - The Blues & Royals.

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