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Headquarters Household Division – Role and Key Staff

^ Headquarters Household Division

HQ Household Division is the Military Headquarters charged with planning and executing the military element of State Ceremonial in the Capital. As such it plans, co-ordinates and commands all Public Duties in London (such as Changing of the Guard) and parades such as The Queens Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) State Visits and the State Opening of Parliament. As well as the Wedding today, it was the Headquarters responsible for the military component supporting all previous Royal Weddings.

It is based at Horse Guards which was, in the Duke of Wellington’s day, the Headquarters for the whole Army. Today’s procession passes under the Headquarters and in particular the Major General Commanding the Household Division’s office – once Wellington’s - with its spectacular views of Horse Guards Parade and St James’s Park. The Arch and Gateway marks the ceremonial gateway to Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace.

^ Household Division

The Household Division comprises the two Household Cavalry Regiments, The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, and the five Foot Guard Regiments, the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards. They enjoy a dual role and are both operational and ceremonial soldiers. In the Grenadier, Coldstream and Scots Guards the Division boasts some of the oldest Regiments in the British Army, all harking back to the time of the English Civil War in the mid 17th Century. Men of the Division have fought in some the most famous battles: Blenheim, Talavera, Waterloo, the Alma, Ypres, the Somme, Anzio and Mount Tumbledown in the Falkland Islands, and continue to play an important part in contemporary operations.

Battalions and Regiments of the Household Division have been permanently deployed on operations in Iraq or Afghanistan since operations in those theatres began. Most recently the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and D Squadron, Household Cavalry returned from Afghanistan in April of this year. They replaced 1st Battalion Scots Guards who left there in October 2010, who in turn replaced 1st Battalions of both the Grenadier and Coldstream Guards and the Household Cavalry Regiment, and before them 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The fighting has at times been fierce and there has been a steady stream of casualties. Nevertheless the Officers and Guardsmen have been magnificent and the Household Division is justly proud of their courage, their fortitude and all that they have achieved.

^ Key staff

Major General Commanding the Household Division, Major General William G Cubitt CBE Late Irish Guards

Major General Cubitt is Regimental Lieutenant Colonel Irish Guards and is commanding. He will be located as a guest in Abbey and will be wearing a scarlet General Officer’s tunic.

Major General Bill Cubitt was educated at Stowe School and Edinburgh University, and was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 1977. During the 1980s, he served in various regimental appointments in London, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands and Hong Kong. He was Adjutant of the Guards Depot at Pirbright and was a member of the Mozambique Training Team in Zimbabwe.

He attended the Army Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham and Camberley in 1991 and 1992 and was appointed Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of the General Staff until 1994. Major General Cubitt commanded an armoured infantry company in Germany, Bosnia and Canada and then became Battalion Second in Command. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1996 and was seconded to the Cabinet Office in London.

In 1998 he transferred to the Irish Guards and commanded 1st Battalion Irish Guards until 2001 as armoured infantry in Macedonia, Kosovo, Germany and Poland. Promoted to Colonel in 2001, he commanded the Land Warfare School in Warminster. Following attending the Higher Command and Staff Course, Major General Cubitt was promoted to Brigadier in 2002. He commanded 8th Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland until September 2004 when he was appointed Director of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence. In June 2007 he assumed command of London District and the Household Division.

Major General Cubitt was made an OBE after the KFOR entry into Kosovo in 1998, and CBE in 2005 following brigade command in Northern Ireland.

^ Field Officer in Brigade Waiting, Colonel Alastair Mathewson.

Colonel Mathewson will be located outside Abbey on Victoria St/Broad Sanctuary for the arrival phase at Westminster Abbey, then riding along the Processional Route from 1135 to the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace (next to the Guard of Honour) for the return Procession.)

  • ^ Field Officer in Brigade Waiting. The officer of the Queen’s Household charged since the reign of Queen Anne with “preserving good order and discipline near the Royal Person” and “taking the Queen’s commands for her Guards”. He is dressed in the scarlet tunic and bearskin cap of a Foot Guards officer (Scots Guards) with Royal Household insignia.

  • ^ Colonel Alastair Mathewson is also Regimental Lieutenant Colonel Scots Guards and on the wedding day will deputise for the Major General Commanding the Household Division by riding or “proving” the route from the Abbey to Buckingham Palace in advance of the Royal carriage processions, once the members of the three Services who will be lining it are in place. He is riding a horse called Burniston.

  • Burniston will have a starring role in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Parade as the charger of the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. She is in Scots Guards State horse-furniture today.

He is accompanied by:

  • The Commander London Central Garrison, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Jalland, Grenadier Guards. Riding Remus.

  • Aide-de-Camp to the Major General Commanding the Household Division, ^ Captain Sam O’Gorman, Irish Guards. Riding Sarajevo.

Brigade Major, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Speed Scots Guards.

This is Lieutenant Colonel Speed’s first day in the job, having taken over from Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bagshaw on the morning of the Wedding. He will be located initially in the Forecourt at Buckingham Palace as The Queen’s Guard turns out, and then in Broad Sanctuary in the area of the West Door of Westminster Abbey for The Royal Family’s departure.

^ Staff Captain, Captain Alexander (Ali) Spry, Welsh Guards.

Captain Spry is a previous Temporary Equerry to HRH The Prince Of Wales.

He will be located at the West Door of Westminster Abbey, and will assist the Crown Equerry with greeting guests.

Adjutant London Central Garrison, Captain Howard Cordle, Grenadier Guards. Captain Cordle will be located at the West Door of Westminster Abbey, and will assist the Crown Equerry with greeting guests.

^ Garrison Sergeant Major London District, Warrant Officer Class 1 Bill Mott Welsh Guards. (Known as the Garrison Sergeant Major)

Bill Mott is in his tenth year in post as Garrison Sergeant Major, and is an absolutely key figure in translating ceremonial plans into reality. He is the foremost expert on the military aspects of State Ceremonial, and one of the most influential Sergeant Majors in the Army and Defence.

^ Planning Team

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon Coldstream Guards

Lieutenant Colonel Vernon is from Defence Services Secretariat in the Ministry of Defence, and the Defence lead on Wedding planning. Michael will be dressed in a scarlet Guards Tunic.

^ Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bagshaw Coldstream Guards

Lieutenant Colonel Bagshaw was until this morning the Brigade Major Household Division, a post he has held for the last three years. As such, was the lead HQ Household Division Officer for all the Royal Wedding planning. He deploys to the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan in three weeks. Jeremy will be dressed in a scarlet Guards Tunic.

^ Major (retired) Andrew Chatburn

Major Chatburn is the key Ceremonial Planning Officer in Headquarters Household Division. He will be dressed in a Morning Coat.

All three are located in the Abbey as guests.

Abbey Staff/Orderlies/Ushers in support of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office:

Academy Sergeant Major Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Warrant Officer Class 1 Ross Martin, Irish Guards. (Known as the Academy Sergeant Major) Together with the Garrsion Sergeant Major, Ross Martin is one of the most senior and influential Sergeant Majors in the Army.

^ Superintending Clerk Household Division, Warrant Officer Class 1 David Lochrie. (known as Sergeant Major).

Another key member of the planning staff, today Sergeant Major Lochrie will act as an usher.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Scots Guards (pronounced Regimental Cor’ma’sarnt) Warrant Officer Class 2 F (Frankie) Watt, Scots Guards. From Arbroath in Scotland.

Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Grenadier Guards, Warrant Officer Class 2 A Walker, Grenadier Guards (known as ‘Johnny’).



The following military bands will depart from Wellington Barracks from 0910 and make their way to points along the Processional Route, playing as they go. They will arrive by 0930 and begin playing music in the following order:

^ 0910 – The Band of the Scots Guards will make their way from Wellington Barracks to the North side of Horse Guards Parade

Director of Music – Major Duggie Robertson

Drum Major – Drum Major Stephen Staite Grenadier Guards

The Scots Guards were originally established by Archibald, 1st Marquis of Argyll in 1642, after King Charles I commissioned the raising of the Regiment for service in Ireland.

The precise origins of the Band of the Scots Guards however are unclear, although it is known that in 1716 a small band of Hautbois (the forerunner of the oboe) existed. During the early part of the 19th Century the band grew in strength and by 1838 had 32 members. By 1888, this had grown to 44. Today it is the same as the other Foot Guards band with 48 musicians plus the Director of Music.

In recent years the band has performed in countries as far away as Australia and China as well as throughout the United Kingdom. In 1990, the Scots Guards were the only Foot Guards Band to be deployed on active service during the Gulf War. They provided a range of medical support services to the military hospital in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

^ 0912 – The Central Band of the Royal Air Force will make their way from Wellington Barracks to Horse Guards Avenue.

Director of Music – Flight Lieutenant Piers L Morrell LRSM LTCL DipTCL RAF

Music has been a part of the Royal Air Force since 1912, when the Service existed as the Royal Flying Corps. In 1918 the Royal Air Force was formed and by 1920 The Central Band of the Royal Air Force was established.

The Central Band has several notable achievements in its history. In 1922 it was the first military band to broadcast on BBC radio, remaining to this day the most frequently featured military band in that medium. It was also the first military band to make a long-playing record. In April 1955, HMV released a recording of what is to this day the most requested piece in their repertoire; Eric Coates' music for the film ‘The Dambusters’. The band also ended a 155-year tradition by including women in its ranks whilst taking part in the ceremony of Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The band is internationally renowned, having the distinction of being the first band outside the USA to be awarded the 'John Philip Sousa Citation for Musical Excellence'. More recently the band has forged links with the Royal Northern College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music, the London College of Music and Thames Valley University.

The Central Band was heavily involved in the 2008 celebrations for the 90th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Aside from the normal busy schedule the band performed an Anniversary Concert Tour throughout the UK, carried out public duties at Buckingham Palace alongside The Queen’s Colour Squadron and provided musical support to the Royal Standard and Colour presentation by Her Majesty, The Queen at Royal Air Force Fairford.

As with all members of the Royal Air Force Music Services, Central Band musicians are required to support British forces on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Musicians continue to be deployed as ‘force protection’, guarding installations and supporting helicopter and air transportation squadrons.

^ 0915 – The Band of the Coldstream Guards will make their way from Wellington Barracks to Duke of York’s Steps, The Mall

Director of Music (Senior Director of Music Household Division) –

Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones

Drum Major – Drum Major Scott Fitzgerald, Coldstream Guards

The Band of the Coldstream Guards has now been in existence for over 200 years of continuous military service. From 1742, it had eight civilian musicians who were hired to provide music for the Changing of the Guard. In 1785, the Officers asked the Colonel of the Regiment for a proper band. He agreed and twelve musicians were recruited from Germany. Their instruments consisted of two oboes, four clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, a trumpet and a “serpent”. Today, the band has 44 members plus a Director of Music.

^ 0917 – The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Collingwood will make their way from Wellington Barracks to Parliament Square

Director of Music - Major J Burcham MMus PGDip TCM LRSM Royal Marines

Drum Major - Drum Major Gavin Moxworthy Cert GSMD (P) Royal Marines

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood was formed on 16 June 2009 as a direct result of the closure of the Band based at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. Since its inception the band has performed at many events including high profile occasions such as the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo, the Mountbatten Festival of Music with the Massed Bands of the Royal Marines at the Royal Albert Hall, the South Coast Proms and Bournemouth Air Show. It was the first Royal Marines Band to march into the Palace of Westminster and has visited Guernsey, Walcheren, Shanghai and the Falkland Islands. In addition to its musical commitments the RM Band Collingwood has deployed on RFA Argus to exercise its operational roles. 

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Collingwood continues to make its contribution to the Naval Service and wider UK interests. It provides musical support to commemorative events and veteran’s parades. The band’s concerts raise funds for Service charities, and it performs for events at a national level and for local communities.

^ 0920 – The Band of the Grenadier Guards will make their way from Wellington Barracks to Marlborough Road

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