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HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT

BELTS, CROSS BELTS & POUCHES

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The Standards Belts Household Cavalry Dress Belts
Ammo Pouches Cross Belts
ORs Belts Sam Browne Belts

Household Cavalry Cartouche Boxes

The cartouche box (on the cross belt, visible at the rear of the uniform) has not changed,
either for Officers, Musicians, or rank and file, since 1856. With the introduction of flintlock
weapons (i.e. pistols and carbines), they were essential for carrying powder and shot, but with
the inception of percussion weapons (in 1840), and the breech-loading Martini Henry Carbine,
they became purely ornamental. The 1st Life Guards Officer cartouche box had a small gilt badge,
and the box itself was also smaller than that of the 2nd Life Guards. The one worn today is that of
the 2nd Life Guards.

Cartouche Box, LG Officers

Cartouche Box
Officer of The Life Guards

Cartouche Box, RHG/D Officers

Cartouche Box
Officer of The Blues And Royals

Ammo Pouch - Household Cavalry ORs

Household Cavalry Cross Belts

The Blues always wore flask cords of red on their cross belts. They were used to secure
the flask for powder, whilst the cartouche box carried the cartridges and lead balls for the
carbines and pistols.

The Life Guards did not wear flask cords until 1829, at which time red was adopted for the
1st Life Guards, and blue for the 2nd Life Guards. After the amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd
Life Guards was completed (in 1927), the red flask cord of the 1st Life Guards was chosen for
The Life Guards.

It should be pointed out that, although the amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Life Guards took
place in 1922, two Squadrons remained 1st Life Guards and two Squadrons remained 2nd Life Guards
— wearing uniforms and horse furniture applicable to their original Regiments.

The Life Guards (Front)

Cross Belt, LG Officer

The Blues And Royals (Front)

The Life Guards (Rear)

Cross Belt, RHG/D Officer

The Blues And Royals (Rear)

Cross Belt, RHG/D Officer

Standard Belts of the
Household Cavalry Regiments

LG Standard Belt

Standard Belt - The Life Guards

RHG/D Standard Belt

Standard Belt - The Blues And Royals

Detail, LG Standard Belt

Close-up, LG Standard Belt

Detail, RHG/D Standard Belt

Close-up, RHG/D Standard Belt

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A Selection Of Household Cavalry Dress Belts

LG Officer's Belt

Gold Waist Belt - Officer of The Life Guards

LG Officer's Belt

White Waist Belt - Officer of The Life Guards

RHG/D Officer;s Belt

Gold Waist Belt - Officer of The Blues And Royals

LG Officer's Belt

Gold Cartouche Belt - Officer of The Life Guards

LG Officer's Belt

Gold Cartouche Belt - Officer of The Blues And Royals

RHG/D Officer's Belt

White Waist Belt - Officer of The Blues And Royals

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LG Officer's Belt

White Cartouche Belt - Officer of The Life Guards

Cuirass Belt - LG Officer

Cuirass Belt - Officer of The Life Guards

Cuirass Belt - RHG/D Officer

Cuirass Belt - Officer of The Blues And Royals

Belt

Cuirass Belt - Other Ranks

Life Guards Stable Belt

Stable Belt - The Life Guards

Imge To Follow

Stable Belt - The Blues And Royals

Sam Browne Belts

LG Sam Browne Belt

Sam Browne Belt - The Life Guards

RHG/D Sam Browne Belt

Sam Browne Belt - The Blues And Royals

Household Cavalry ORs Belts

HC ORs Service Dress Belt
Belt Buckle, HC ORs Service Dress Belt

Above: ORs White Dress Belt

 

Left: Close-up of Royal Coat of Arms (Buckle)

 

Below: Webbing Belt worn with Combat '95

Combat Webbing Belt
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