Grenadier Guards

The Grenadier Guards (GREN GDS) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. It is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. It is not, however, the most senior regiment of the Army, this position being attributed to The Life Guards. Although The Coldstream Guards were formed before The Grenadier Guards, the regiment is ranked after the Grenadiers in seniority as, having been a regiment of the New Model Army, the Coldstream served the Crown for four fewer years than the Grenadiers (the Grenadiers having formed as a Royalist regiment in exile in 1656 and the Coldstream having sworn allegiance to the Crown upon the Restoration in 1660).

The grouping of buttons on the tunic is a common way to distinguish among the regiments of Foot Guards. Grenadier Guards’ buttons are equally spaced and embossed with the Royal Cypher reversed and interlaced surrounded by the Royal Garter bearing the royal motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Evil be to him who evil thinks). Their “Buff Belt” brass clasps also carry the Royal Cypher. Modern Grenadier Guardsmen wear a cap badge of a “grenade fired proper” with seventeen flames. This cap badge has to be cleaned twice a day – once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. A tarnished grenade is severely frowned upon and can be punished by disciplinary action within the Regiment.

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The Grenadier Guards
Grenadier-Guards-Cap-Badge.jpg
Cap Badge of The Grenadier Guards
Active 1656–present
Country  England
(1660–1707)
 Great Britain
(1707–1800)
 United Kingdom
(1801–present)
Allegiance Elizabeth II
Branch  British Army
Type Foot Guards
Role 1st Battalion – Light Infantry
Nijmegen Company – Public Duties
Size One battalion
One independent company
Part of Guards Division
Garrison/HQ RHQ – Wellington Barracks, London
1st Battalion – Lille Barracks, Aldershot Garrison
Nijmegen Company – Wellington Barracks, London
Nickname(s) The Bill Browns
Motto(s) "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (French)
"Shame be to he who thinks evil"
March Quick: The British Grenadiers
Slow: Scipio
Engagements Waterloo
Commanders
Colonel in Chief Elizabeth II
Colonel of the Regiment Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Insignia
Tactical Recognition Flash GuardsTRF.svg
Plume White
Left side of Bearskin cap
Collar Badge Grenade
Shoulder Badge Royal Cipher
Abbreviation GREN GDS

The Grenadier Guards (GREN GDS) is an infantry regiment of the British Army. It is the most senior regiment of the Guards Division and, as such, is the most senior regiment of infantry. It is not, however, the most senior regiment of the Army, this position being attributed to The Life Guards. Although The Coldstream Guards were formed before The Grenadier Guards, the regiment is ranked after the Grenadiers in seniority as, having been a regiment of the New Model Army, the Coldstream served the Crown for four fewer years than the Grenadiers (the Grenadiers having formed as a Royalist regiment in exile in 1656 and the Coldstream having sworn allegiance to the Crown upon the Restoration in 1660).

The grouping of buttons on the tunic is a common way to distinguish among the regiments of Foot Guards. Grenadier Guards' buttons are equally spaced and embossed with the Royal Cypher reversed and interlaced surrounded by the Royal Garter bearing the royal motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Evil be to him who evil thinks). Their "Buff Belt" brass clasps also carry the Royal Cypher. Modern Grenadier Guardsmen wear a cap badge of a "grenade fired proper" with seventeen flames. This cap badge has to be cleaned twice a day – once in the morning, and once in the afternoon. A tarnished grenade is severely frowned upon and can be punished by disciplinary action within the Regiment.

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