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Hereunder you will find a brief explanation of each role in the hierarchy.

For fuller descriptions, and definitive listings, please click on one of
the following links to take you to the appropriate page:


Colonels of the Regiments & Gold Sticks

Colonel - The Life Guards

Colonel - The Blues And Royals

Commander Household Cavalry

For descriptions of the following roles
(which appear lower down the page),
please click on one of the Links:

Regimental Commanding Officers

Regimental Adjutant

Veterinary Officer & Medical Officer

Riding Master


Forms of Address

Cornet, Corporal Major, Corporal Of Horse?

To learn about Officer and Soldier ranks and insignia

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Colonel in Chief of The Household Cavalry.

Since 1821 the Colonels-in-Chief have, by tradition, been the reigning Monarch.

Her Majesty appoints the Colonels of each Regiment. The Colonels additionlly
hold the title of Gold Stick-in-Waiting, and they officiate alternately on a
monthly roster system.

The duties of this appointment are to protect The Sovereign, which principally
involves attending Her Majesty on Ceremonial Occasions.

The Queen passes any orders, relating to the Household Cavalry, to Gold Stick
who refers them to the Silver Stick-in-Waiting for action.

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Colonel of
The Life Guards

General The Lord Guthrie
of Craigiebank is Colonel of
The Life Guards, and carries
the appointment of
Gold Stick-in-Waiting.

LG Gold Stick

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Colonel of
The Blues And Royals

HRH Princess Anne,
The Princess Royal is Colonel of
The Blues And Royals, and
carries the appointment
of Gold Stick-in-Waiting.

B&R Gold Stick

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Commander Household Cavalry

This role was created in March 1943, but ceased w.e.f. 1 June 2014.
The appointment also carried the title and the responsibilities of
Silver Stick-in-Waiting.

(For an explanation of the situation as at today, see Silver Stick page).


Since March 1943, both Regiments were overall commanded by an Officer
who usually held the rank of Colonel in the Army, and who had to be qualified
qualified to become a Guards General.

It was customary, in the Household Cavalry, to continue to call this Officer
by his original title of 'Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry'.

He also held the appointment Silver Stick-in-Waiting, and deputised for
the Gold Stick-in-Waiting, in the event of the latter being absent from
any State Occasions or functions.

The Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry was responsible
to the Major-General Commanding the Household Division, and in that respect
the Regiments and Squadrons (or detachments of Regiments) — wherever they
were stationed — maintained the traditions, customs and privileges of the
Household Cavalry.

The appointment ceased with effect from 1 June 2014 — the last Commander
Household Cavalry being Colonel S H Cowen, RHG/D.
Each Regiment is individually commanded by an
Officer holding the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Officer Commanding HCR

Home HQ, Windsor
and Active Service

Officer Commanding HCMR

Hyde Park Barracks
(State Ceremonial)

HCR — Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

The Household Cavalry Regiment is based at Combermere Barracks, Windsor.
The barracks also houses an Equitation School, where initial training is provided
for soldiers destined for the Mounted Regiment (based in London).

HCMR — Mounted Regiment

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is based at Hyde Park Barracks,
Knightsbridge, in London, and as part of the Household Division, plays a major
role in State and ceremonial functions throughout the year.

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Regimental Adjutant

The Regimental Adjutant is the Staff Officer of the Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding Household Cavalry,
and is normally found from the opposite Regiment to the latter.

He is also Silver Stick Adjutant, and accompanies the Silver Stick-in-Waiting
on Ceremonial Occasions.

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Veterinary Officer

One Veterinary Officer is appointed to the
Household Cavalry Regiment, for which he
wears the uniform of the Regiment to which
he is assigned — The Life Guards, or
The Blues And Royals.

He advises the Commanding Officer on all
veterinary matters, and is responsible for
horses in both Knightsbridge and Windsor.

His tour of duty is not usually specified.

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Medical Officer

A specially selected Medical Officer serves
with the Household Cavalry Regiment, and
he also wears the uniform of the Regiment
to which he is assigned — The Life Guards,
or The Blues And Royals.

The Medical Officer's appointment is made
by the Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel, who
consults with the Medical Directorate before
reaching his decision. His tour of duty not
usually specified.

The Medical Officer, who is stationed in Hyde Park Barracks,
Knightsbridge, holds the appointment of

Silver Stick Medical Officer,

and as such is required to perform duties as required by the Silver Stick.

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Riding Master

A similar selection procedure exists for the Riding Master - usually commissioned from
the ranks, having been a suitable Warrant Officer within the ranks of Riding Instructors.

The duration of the Riding Master's service in this appointment is determined by the
Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel and, once appointed, the Riding Master is immediately
responsible to the Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment for the
training of recruits and remounts (a unique appointment in today's army).


The Quartermaster is appointed by the Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel, so becoming
known as Silver Stick Quartermaster - along with the Medical Officer he has the
responsibility for the sanitary conditions of all the Household Cavalry's accommodation
in London.

A Quartermaster may be commissioned from the ranks.

Forms of Address

It is traditional, in the Household Cavalry, for Officers and Soldiers to
address Lieutenant-Colonels and above by their rank, instead of "Sir".

All Warrant Officers Class I are referred to as "Mister".

Officers address Warrant Officers Class II,
and Squadron Quartermaster Corporals, as "Corporal-Major"
- other personnel by their rank and name.

Soldiers of junior rank address Warrant Officers and
Squadron Quartermaster Corporals as "Sir" - and other
Non-Commissioned Officers as "Corporal".

In The Blues And Royals, the most junior Officer rank
(equivalent to 2nd Lieutenant) is known as "Cornet".

Another unique custom within The Blues And Royals is that
soldiers may salute with the hand - in the usual manner - even when
no headdress is worn (a tradition dating back to 1760).

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