The King’s Troop of Horse Guards

Active1658 to Present
ConflictsAnglo-Spanish War
ColonelCharles II
Lord Gerard
Area RaisedFlanders
Flag Colour
Flag Design
Field ArmiesCharles II 1658

Also known as Lord Gerard’s Horse Guards

Raised for Charles II from exiles in Flanders, they accompanied the King back to England at the Restoration

Service History


  • Raised in Flanders from exiled Royalists



  • May: Gerard confirmed as Colonel


In 1658 Charles II raised a troop of horse for a Lifeguard. At the Restoration, the troop returned to England and were placed on establishment as the First, or Lord Gerard's troop of King Charles II's Horse Guards, eventually forming the Life Guards. The regiment still exists today, and the Life Guards are the senior cavalry regiment of the British Army. In Union with the Blues and Royals, they form the Household Cavalry, consisting of an active service armoured regiment and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment that still performs ceremonial duties and escorts the Sovereign.

Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

King Charles II

Lord Gerard


See Also