The Nearest Guard: 500 Years of Protecting the Sovereign

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Her Majesty's Body Guard of the Honorable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms (HM Body Guard) is one of the world's older existing military corps. It was first formed 500 years ago in 1509 during the turbulent times of Henry VIII to act as a mounted escort to protect the sovereign. Over the years HM Body Guard has evolved primarily into a ceremonial unit, but the emphasis of this book is very much on its members—past and present—and their remarkable contributions to military history over the last 500 years. This book is a very well-written and valuable addition to military and royal history, and is beautifully illustrated with over 130 photographs. 

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David Edelsten served in and commanded 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mar's Own). For eight years he ran a charity devoted to helping people with addiction problems, until writing took over his life—becoming a regular diarist and journalist. He still writes regularly for The Field, and for Horse & Hound. He has published three books in a series called Dorset Diaries.

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“...This lively story of the Nearest Guard will serve as a reminder of the rich panoply of British history in which the Gentlemen played so central a part. It should be an inspiration for generations to come...”  —HRH Queen Elizabeth II, from the foreword

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