Legge-Bourke, Henry.


New ed., completely re-written and revised, 1965. 158 pp., profusely illustrated with cold., + b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 28 x 23cm. The Army Museums Ogilby Trust stamp to f.e.p., V.G.+. First published in 1952 as The King’s Guards, this volume was completely re-written and revised. It describes in an authoritative text the duties, traditions and pageantry of the Household Cavalry and of the Brigade of Guards on ceremonial occasions. The Household Brigade were the upholders of great military tradition. They had a list of battle honours second to none but they were also an integral part of state pageantry. The author provides a detailed description of how the Brigade carried out their duties on such occasions as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Changing of the Guard, and the Opening of Parliament. He also draws from the history of the various regiments – such as the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards and the Irish Guards etc. – in describing their uniforms and other accoutrements, together with such matters as the standards and regimental music. The book is illustrated with a wealth of coloured plates and numerous black & white photographs.

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