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GUARDS CHAPEL AND THE GUARDS MUSEUM, LONDON

The Guards Chapel, the spiritual home of the Guards Regiments in London, is a modern chapel built less than100 years ago, but world famous for the tragic events which caused it to be rebuilt, when a German bomb destroyed it during a packed service in 1944. The chapel is open and free to all visitors. Next to it is the Guards Museum, which tells the story of the Guards Regiments.

The interior of the Guards Chapel

Next to St. James Park, on Birdcage Walk, so named as that is where the royal aviary was once located, is Wellington Barracks, the home of the Foot Guards. There are currently five regiments of Foot Guards – the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards. They act as frontline troops, are the primary garrison for the capital city, protect the monarch and perform ceremonial duties.


The Guards in full dress uniform in Whitehall

The red coats, bearskin hats and musical instruments are the public, ceremonial side of the Guards, but they have fought in most wars since their formation


HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE GUARDS