grenadier guards association Manchester

This short reference has been compiled mainly from existing Histories and books.

Who we are,



Regimental History

The Regiment, as the Royal Regiment of Foot Guards, was formed in 1656 by King Charles the Second,

 who was then in exile in Bruges, Flanders. It was known as the First Guards later becoming the First Regiment of Foot Guards

 and now bears the title "The First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards" in honour or the defeat of the Grenadiers of the French

Imperial Guards at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
It is the only Regiment in the British Army that has directly gained it's title from the part it played in action. 

 The regiment has fought in almost every major campaign of the British Army, since it's formation to the present day,

forging a proud and costly heritage. To-day the Grenadier Guards are a part of the modern British Army,

as capable on operational sevices in distant parts of the world, as they are on duty as the Royal Guard in London.