Guarding the Queen is an ITV documentary series about the Grenadier Guards as cameras are allowed behind-the-scenes at the Royal Palaces for the first time. The series reveals the enormous amount of training and work that goes into a royal ceremony and the cruel reality of war as the Grenadiers go off to Afghanistan and Iraq to fight for their country.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Guarding the Queen - 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - Netflix
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) is a cavalry regiment of the British Army. Nicknamed The Welsh Cavalry, the regiment recruits from Wales and the bordering English counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire, and is the senior cavalry regiment, and therefore senior regiment of the line of the British Army. The regiment is part of the Royal Armoured Corps and is paired with the Royal Yeomanry.
Guarding the Queen - Uniform, cap badge and march - Netflix
In 1896 Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards and allowed the regiment to wear the Austrian imperial coat of arms, which is still used as the regiment's cap badge today; the collar badge is that of The Queen's Bays. Also the regiment adopted an Austrian military march, Radetzky March, as quick march. The current Regimental March is Radetzky March and Rusty Buckles, the latter being the Regimental March of The Queen's Bays. Other items of uniform draw on the regiment's dual heritage: thus whilst the cap of 1st King’s Dragoon Guards (with dark blue velvet strip and piping) is worn, trousers have the distinctive broad white stripe of The Queen's Bays. Full dress is still worn by some on ceremonial occasions: the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards tunic (scarlet with blue velvet facings) being paired with Queen's Bays white-striped overalls. The KDG red-plumed brass cavalry helmet is also worn, together with pouch belts and other accoutrements.
Guarding the Queen - References - Netflix