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Regimental badge of the Household Division.

Edward Smyth-Osbourne, wearing the full-dress uniform of a Major-General, on duty at the State Opening of Parliament, 2015.

The Major-General commanding the Household Division commands the Household Division of the British Army and is also the General Officer Commanding London District. The Major-General has sole responsibility for the Service aspect of all State and ceremonial occasions within London District, having executive command of the Household Division and of any other units brought into London for ceremonial purposes and is the main channel of communication between the Household Division and the Monarch. He or she is appointed by The Queen, and will previously have commanded a Regiment or Battalion within the Household Division.[1]

List of Commanders[edit | edit source]

The holders of this office include:[2][3]

Commanding Home District[edit | edit source]

Major-General Commanding the Brigade of Guards (1856–1870)[edit | edit source]

Before 1856, orders for the Foot Guards were communicated to the Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, a rotational appointment.

Major-General Commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding Home District (1870–1906)[edit | edit source]

Major-General Commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District (1906–1950)[edit | edit source]

Major-General Commanding the Household Brigade and General Officer Commanding London District (1950–1968)[edit | edit source]

Major-General Commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District (1968–)[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Queen's Regulations for the Army". https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440632/20150529-QR_Army_Amdt_31_Jul_2013.pdf. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  2. Regiments.org
  3. Army Commands Archived 2015-07-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. John Philippart, The Royal Military Calendar (1820) volume I, p. 264.
  5. J. F. G. Ross-of-Bladensburg, A History of the Coldstream Guards from 1815 to 1895 (London, 1896) p. 290.
  6. History of the Colstream Guards, p. 304.
  7. History of the Coldstream Guards, p. 307.
  8. 8.0 8.1 History of the Coldstream Guards, p. 315.
  9. The Court Circular, 29 June 2011
  10. Service Appointments The Times, 8 February 2013
  11. "No. 61624". 21 June 2016. p. 3. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/61624/supplement/3 

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