British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century: 1st Life Guards

A series of regular blog posts displaying images from “British Cavalry Uniforms of the 19th Century”; a set of trade cards issued by Badshah Tea Co. of London in 1963. Appropriately, given my recent efforts at painting them, this one features the Life Guards in their uniform used after Waterloo.

#5: The 1st Life Guards

“This illustration shows an officer of the Life Guards in the full dress uniform worn at the Coronation of George IV. The present day style with the plumed helmet did not come into use until the 1870s.”

Officer, Life Guards (c.1821).
Sites of interest about the Life Guards:

National Army Museum page on the Life Guards.

Household Cavalry Regiment website; a “labour of love — intended to be
of help to (and about) the Regiment”.

Site of the Household Cavalry Museum in Horse Guards, Whitehall, London. (One day, I WILL visit this too…)

British Army’s own web page on the Life Guards, still a functioning regiment to this day.

And, of course, there’s my own Waterloo-era Life Guards figures painted recently!


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