That’s the motto of the Queen’s 2nd. Regiment of Foot Guards – The Coldstream Guards. Here to begin our new "Ceremonial Series" are a selection of "Coldstreamers" on parade.
SPECIAL UNIFORM NOTE: All of the previous 9x Coldstream Guards figures are in the Parade and Style Dress of the mid 1930’s. At that time Guardsmen wore the by then obsolete Slade-Wallace white fighting order and carried the Lee Enfield .303 rifle with sword bayonet. Officers and Musicians uniforms today are virtually identical to the 1930’s period.
To any visitor to Denmark’s capitol city the soldier’s of the Royal Life Guards are an "iconic” sight. Everyday they parade from their barracks in central Copenhagen to the Royal Palace to perform Guard Duties protecting the sovereign. Usually they wear their dark blue dress uniforms…On very special royal and state occasions they change to their red tunics.
Founded in 1854, by 1980 the Regiment was an integral part of 38 Gurkha Infantry Brigade and under the command of British Forces in Hong Kong.
The Regiment itself was over 1000 strong and organized into 4 x Sabre Squadrons ... 1 x Training Wing... 1 x Home Guard Squadron (Veterans)... a Women’s Troop ... A Junior Leaders Squadron (14-18) and Head Quarters Squadron.
95% of the rank and file were locally-born Hong Kong Chinese while the officer corps was mixed... half and half-Hong Kong Chinese together with mostly Brits, the occasional Aussie, New Zealander, Canadian and, at one point, even an American (but that’s another story).