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Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard make up the oldest military corps still in existence, created by Henry VII in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Officially, they are a bodyguard of the British Monarch, but their duties are now purely ceremonial.

There are 60 Yeomen of the Guard, drawn from retired members of the Army, Royal Marines and RAF - and they still don Tudor dress when on duty.

In Parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard carry out a ceremonial search of the cellars of the Houses of Parliament prior to the state opening of Parliament, in a tradition that dates back to the time of the Gunpowder Plot.

The Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard is a government post, usually held by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Lords.




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