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HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY REGIMENT

BERETS, HATS, CAPS & HELMETS

HC Badge

 

Cocked Hats —
Household Cavalry Appointments

Medical Officer's Cocked Hat

Household Cavalry
Medical Officer's
Cocked Hat

HC Medical Officer & Veterinary Officer

Veterinary Officer's Cocked Hat

Household Cavalry
Veterinary Officer's
Cocked Hat

Helmets & Plumes —
Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

The present-day helmet has been worn since 1842, replacing a bearskin-crested helmet
which had been in use since 1832. It is known as the 'Albert' helmet, as it was introduced by
Prince Albert. It underwent changes, mainly in the peak plume and plume spike, in1856 and 1881,
since which time it has remained virtually unchanged.

The Blues And Royals wear a red plume on the helmet (unlike the white plume of The Life Guards).
However, Trumpeters of The Life Guards also wear a red plume.

LG Officer's Helmet

Helmet and Plume of an
Officer of The Life Guards

Officer's Helmet

Officer's Helmet
with Plume removed

RHG/D Officer's Helmet & Plume

Helmet and Plume of an
Officer of The Blues And Royals

LG Soldier's Helmet & Plume

Helmet and Plume of ORs
of The Life Guards

HC Farrier's Helmet And Black Plume

Distinctive Black Plume of the Farrier

HC ORs Helmet With Plume Removed (Rear View)

Rear view of ORs Helmet
with Plume removed

Life Guards Helmet Plumes - The Story of the "Onion" Shape

People often ask about the "onion" shape to the top of the plumes on helmets
worn by The Life Guards (white for the majority of the Regiment; red for Life Guards
trumpeters; black for Life Guards farriers).

Prior to 1922 (when there were two distinct Regiments — 1st Life Guards
and 2nd Life Guards — the 2nd Life Guards wore their plumes with the
"onion" shape (created by washing, tying and then drying), while the
1st Life Guards had them loose. Upon amalgamation, the new (single)
Regiment adopted different items from each Regiment, and the "onion"
style plume was taken on by the new Regiment (known first as
The Life Guards, 1st & 2nd; and ultimately becoming The Life Guards).

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The Jockey Cap —
Musicians, Household Cavalry Regiment

It would seem that no precise date can be fixed as to when these were first worn,
but 1788 seems the most likely date. At first the peaks were larger and rounded —
changing in 1881 to their present size and shape.

HC State Trumpeters

Left: Trumpeters of
the Household Cavalry
wearing traditional and
historic Jockey Caps

Right: Close-up of a
Musician's Cap

HC Musician's Jockey Cap
Caps and Berets —
Officers, Household Cavalry Regiment


LG Officer's Forage Cap


Forage Cap - Officer of
The Life Guards

Blues And Royals Officer's Forage Cap

Forage Cap - Officer of
The Blues And Royals

LG Officer's SD Cap

Household Cavalry
Officer's Beret (Para)

Blues And Royals Officer's SD Cap

Household Cavalry
Officers' Beret Badge

Maroon Beret With HC Badge

Household Cavalry
Officer's Beret (Para)

HC Officer's Cap Badge With HD Flash Backing

Household Cavalry
Officers' Beret Badge

Standard HC Beret With Officer's Cap Badge

Household Cavalry
Officer's Beret

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Headgear —
Soldiers, Household Cavalry Regiment

HC Other Ranks' Forage Cap

Above: Other Ranks Forage Cap, on which is
worn the cap badge of the Household Cavalry,
and is worn by men of both Regiments.

HC Other Ranks' SD Cap

Above:  Other Ranks SD (Service Dress) Cap,
which is worn by soldiers of The Life Guards
(with The Life Guards cap badge) and soldiers
of The Blues And Royals (with cap badfe of
The Blues And Royals).

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