“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the empire.” – Winston Churchill

The Horse Guards, part of the Household Cavalry, were originally formed in 1661 by King Charles II to provide him with the highest standard of personal protection.

Steeped in history, the regiment has attracted an array of intrepid and extraordinary characters throughout its lifetime, especially during the Age of Elegance, including Fred Burnaby, Christina Broom, John Shaw, Henry Paget and the Marquess of Granbury.

It’s their taste for adventure that’s inspired us and we, in turn, want to inspire you. We’ve shared just a few of our heroes’ stories on the following pages, and you can find out more about their endeavours at the Household Cavalry Museum itself.