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Life Guards (Britain)

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[Life Guards] image located by Bill Garrison on EBay
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Description of the flag

This is a hand made 2 sided flag for the British Regiment of Life Guards. The flag is 6 x 8 inches, is made on red silk-like material with all the battles the regiment fought in embroidered on it. It is done in gold and silver bullion threads with a loop on one end for a pole.
Description from EBay, 29 July 2002

Note the dimensions! This is most likely a car flag, probably for a review Land Rover. But the flag is indeed a very accurate and faithful miniature (minus gold fringe) of a Standard of the Life Guards. A real standard is a one-of-a-kind, consecrated flag and laid up in sanctuaries.
T.F. Mills, 29 July 2002

Life Guards

The Life Guards are one of the two components of what is now called the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The other is The Blues and Royals. These are the chaps who ride horses and wear breastplates and plumed helmets--Life Guards with red tunics and white plumes, B&R with blue tunics and red plumes. They take turns providing what is called the Queen's Life Guard (singular) at the Horse Guards arch in Whitehall, London, which is the ceremonial entrance to the former (burned down in the 17th century) Whitehall Palace. The two units also provide the mounted escort when the Queen, a state visitor, etc., is in a ceremonial procession.
Joe McMillan
, 29 July 2002