The Cuirassiers' Regiment (Reggimento Corazzieri, previously Comando Carabinieri Guardie del Presidente della Repubblica) is an Italian elite military unit and the honour guard of the President of the Italian Republic. Their motto "Virtus in periculis firmior" means Courage becomes stronger in danger.”
The subjects of my first photoshoot, where the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Rifles. I discovered little has changed since the Napoleonic Wars. The Rifles, are still at the forefront of battle, trained as marksmen. They don’t carry a flag. Instead, their Battle Honours are carried on Parade uniforms.
My final Infantry regimental sittings of my Soldiery Portrait Project took place with The Coldstream Guards. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War. The regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country’s monarchs since.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are probably the most famous of the mounted soldiers, symbolic due to their Buckingham Palace connections. Photographing these troops required meeting them on home turf of Knightsbridge.
Working with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was one of the highlights of my Soldiery Project. Many civilians will know something about the Gurkhas. The Regiment carries no flag or pennant, but instead a battle honour is displayed on their chest belt. I was honoured to to capture their unique ceremonial staff, the Queen’s Truncheon, presented to the Regiment in 1863 for their loyalty and service to the Crown.