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The Life Guards of the Queen's Household Cavalry

Throughout British history, the horse has played a significant role both in military conflicts and in the majesty surrounding the throne. Today, though often thought to serve a mostly ceremonial role – as seen in the daily Changing of the Guard or as escorts to the Queen in her annual birthday parade – these troops, particularly The Life Guards of the Queen’s Household Cavalry, are in fact combat trained soldiers atop precision-drilled horses, representing a military force with a distinguished service record that dates back to 1652. The Queen\'s Life Guards, instantly recognizable due to their striking red tunics, white plumed helmets, and horses served at Waterloo, in World Wars I & II and in more recent actions, in the Middle East and Asia and the Persian Gulf. A symbol of military history, precision and honor, The Life Guards and their handsome dark horses reflect a continuity of selfless valor and equestrian service in a time-honored tradition that has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.

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Date Retired by Breyer: December 31, 2005

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