About the Grenadier Guards

The Grenadier Guards are an elite British Army infantry regiment. World renowned for their tunics and bearskins as well as their capability on operations; they are one of the oldest regiments in the Army and the senior of five regiments in the Foot Guards. Whether deployed on operations, training in Kenya or Brunei or guarding the Royal Palaces, the Guardsmen enjoy a diverse and varied lifestyle.

In the last 10 years the Grenadier Guards have served with distinction in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and three tours of Afghanistan. This makes us one of the most operationally experienced Regiments in the British Army.

When not deployed on operations The 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards enjoys a diverse training program from jungle warfare in Brunei to live firing on the Falkland’s Islands. Our soldiers have the opportunity to see the world and hone their military skills.

Sports and adventurous training develop our soldiers’ team work and courage; from parachuting in Germany, skiing in France to scuba diving in the Red Sea and football tours in Monaco.  The options are limitless, diverse and fun. To explore where Grenadiers have been, look at the world map below to see where your adventure could take you.

Guarding the Royal Palaces, our soldiers, known as Guardsmen, are acknowledged around the world for their discipline and professionalism, instantly recognisable in the red tunics and bear skins only worn by the Household Division.

Joining The Grenadier Guards could not be easier. Just click the ‘join now’ button to start your online application today. If you want more information or would like to visit the battalion then register your interest now by signing up for our newsletter.

What We Do

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Click the albums below to explore pictures and videos from some of the Grenadier Guards latest missions.

Where We,ve Been

Click the colored map symbols below to explore where the Grenadier Guards have been recently and what we were doing there.

The Grenadier Guards are expected to be able to deploy anywhere around the world to protect British citizens and her interests and to support our allies. To ensure we are able to achieve these goals we train hard around the world to ensure we are capable to delivering success in any environment. Later this year were back off to Kenya, then the Falklands for overseas training and next year is looking as exciting.

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If you’re considering joining the army watch the videos below to learn about what the Army does and the training you will need to complete at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick to earn your place in the Grenadier Guards.

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June 2014

Grenadier Day

Grenadier Day will take place on Sunday 20 July 2014.  It will be held in the current home of the 1st Battalion, Lille Barracks in Aldershot.

Grenadier Day is a families and open day for all to visit the Battalion and see what we have been up to.  This year will include stands from all of our Companies displaying activities they have conducted over the previous 12 months including skills learnt in the jungles of Brunei.  There will also be a display from the Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team.  The day is open to all who wish to visit and gates will open from 1200.

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Training exercise in Kenya – November 2014

The First Battalion Grenadier Guards are due to deploy to Kenya in November this year to conduct a six week training exercise. This will involve both living firing tactical training and blank firing across the African bush and savannah and amongst all the African wildlife. Following the exercise the Battalion will enjoy adventurous training and some down time to explore the Kenyan night life. For most civilians this would be a once in a life time experience, for our soldiers it is just another amazing country that they are being paid extra to explore.

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The Grenadier Guards Trooping the Colour for the Queens’ Birthday Parade – June 2014

Saturday 14 June 2014 saw Nijmegen Company Troop their Colour for the Sovereign’s Birthday Parade.  During the Troop Nijmegen Company, which maintains the Colours’ and traditions of the Second Battalion the Grenadier Guards were joined on parade by soldiers from the 1st Battalion, many of whom have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In total there were over 450 Grenadiers on Parade.

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London’s St James’s Park in June, marking The Queen’s official birthday.

The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment.

Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one.

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March 2014

Exercise Desert Soldiers 1 – Saudi Arabia

In March 2014, officers and soldiers from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards deployed to Saudi Arabia on Ex Desert Soldiers 1.  This was a partnering exercise with the Royal Saudi Land Forces, who are responsible for the defence of Saudi’s borders, and involved operational planning at Brigade level as well as the opportunity to experience some unique Saudi customs.

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HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visiting the Grenadier Guards in his role as Colonel of the Regiment.

During his visit the Colonel enjoyed presentations from The Queens’ Company and No 2 Company on their recent deployments to the Falklands and Brunei, before being hosted by the Sgts Mess whilst watching an inter Battalion football match. The Colonel also took the opportunity to present three members of the Battalion with their long service good conduct medals, before joining the Officers Mess for lunch.

The Duke has been Colonel of the Regiment since 1975 and maintains a close relationship with the Grenadier Guards, often joining the Battalion for key Regimental event such as Black Sunday and First Guards Club.

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