“The rank of officer in the Brigade of Guards was strictly the pursuit of a gentleman…”*

*from: “Noel Coward – a Biography” (1995), by Philip Hoare.

From Wikipedia:

“The Brigade of Guards was an administrative formation of the British Army from 1856 to 1968. It was commanded by the Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and was responsible for administering the guards regiments.
After the Second World War the British Army had fourteen infantry depots, each bearing a letter. Infantry Depot A at Wellington Barracks was the headquarters for the five guards regiments.
In line with the reforms of the army, it was renamed as the Guards Division on 1 July 1968.”

From arrse.co.uk:

Regularbriton What I would like to know is what are my chances of actually getting into the grenadiers as an officer? I attended state schools for both Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education. My parents are not rich, nor am I as a 16 year old in college with a part time job. So am I less likely to get into the guards because of my background? I have been in the ACF for over 4 years now and recently graduated my senior cadet instructors cadre with a nomination for best cadet on the course as well as being recomended for Master cadet in April 2020. Will my Cadet achievents overrule my backgrund or will I not be accepted because I might not fit in? Asking for anyone who can help me with this.

Victorian_Major Merit will decide. On face value – based on your post – you may have to exercise care in describing what a ‘real Briton’ is?

Velcrostripes Join the Gunners. It has a social hierarchy, some regiments being posher than others, with the King’s Troop being at the top of the pile, plus you can do either the All Arms Commando or Parachute courses and join the appropriate regiments if that’s your thing, or there’s FOO roles as well which are all sneaky beaky type stuff, or if you’re sports oriented, they have lots of that as well.”

From householddivision.org.uk:

“The “British Grenadiers March” is one of the most recognisable and memorable tunes in the world and is part of Britain’s musical heritage. One of the band’s admirers during the 18th century was George Frideric Handel – so much so that he presented the march from Scipio to the regiment before including it in his opera of that name when it was first performed in 1726. George II gave Handel the task of re-scoring the Music for the Royal Fireworks, most commonly performed with strings, for the king’s own musicians, who were wind players from his foot guards. Handel would have undoubtedly come into contact with musicians from the Grenadier Guards during the first performance at Vauxhall Gardens in 1749.

Throughout the history of the United Kingdom the music of the Grenadier Guards has been the backdrop to its national life and identity and the band carries this tradition on with precision and pride.”

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