from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A body of cavalry so called; esp., a British regiment, called the Royal Horse Guards, which furnishes guards of state for the sovereign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A body of cavalry for guards. See guard.
  • [capitalized] The public office in Whitehall. London, appropriated to the departments under the commander-in-chief of the British army: so called from the two horsemen standing sentry at the gates.
  • [capitalized] The military authorities in charge of the war department of Great Britain, in distinction from the civil chief, the Secretary for War.


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  • At 3 o’clock I went over and told the War Committee what was passing; but with what a heavy heart did I cross again that Horse Guards Parade.

    Castles of Steel

  • He was Provost of Glasgow during the Rebellion, and while the Government and the Horse Guards slumbered and dawdled, and let Prince Charlie march from the Highlands to Edinburgh, and from Edinburgh up into the heart of England, Cochrane had already raised two regiments in Glasgow to resist the invader, which, however, this same dawdling Government, from mistaken suspicions of Scottish loyalty, refused to permit him to arm.

    Life of Adam Smith

  • It was a grapevine which had its roots in rooms below Admiralty buildings beside the Horse Guards Parade and it was of course a two-way traffic: information was fed into it, and orders and information were transmitted from it to the right people.

    Graf Spee

  • I was to go over to the Horse Guards to see my Uncle Bindley, my mother's brother, who would arrange matters.


  • Churchill hurried back across the Horse Guards Parade to 10 Downing Street and showed Fisher’s letter to Asquith.

    Castles of Steel

  • He was not such a fool that he did not realise that the loss of the colour at Valdelacasa was a black mark against him, even though he was satisfied that in his letter he had plausibly and firmly fixed the blame on Sharpe, but if he could salvage even a small part of this army then Valdelacasa would be forgotten and the Horse Guards in Whitehall would be forced to recognise his ability and reward his initiative.

    Sharpe's Eagle

  • The lesson was driven home with the usual Horse Guards pomp when the convention was signed a few days later, Kung having had to agree to everything we demanded, including £100,000 for the families of our dead.

    Flashman and the Dragon


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