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How to Identify the Regiments of the Household Division

At first glance the uniforms of the men you see performing the guard change ceremony in their distinctive scarlet tunics and bearskin caps look the same. This pictorial guide shows the differences in the Horseguards and Foot Guards uniforms, to help you recognise the regiment you will see at the Guard Change.

Uniforms of the Lifeguards, Blues and Royals and the Grenadier Guards
Uniforms of the Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards
Regiments Life Guards Blues & Royals Grenadier Coldstream Scots Irish Welsh
Plume on helmet on helmet worn on the
left
worn on the right None worn on the right worn on the
left.
Plume colour White Red White Red None Blue White/Green
/ White
Buttons None None Singly Pairs Threes Four Fives
Tunics Red Blue Red Red Red Red Red
Head wear Metal
helmet
Metal
helmet
Bearskin
cap
Bearskin
cap
Bearskin
cap
Bearskin
cap
Bearskin
cap