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The Governor General's Horse Guards
Cap Badge of the Governor General's Horse Guards
Active 1810-Present
Country Canada
Branch Militia
Type Household Cavalry
Role Armoured Reconnaissance
Size One Regiment
Part of Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
Garrison/HQ Toronto
Nickname Gugga Huggas or Gee-Gees
Motto Latin: Nulli Secundus
(Second to None)
Honi soit qui mal y pense
(Norman: Shame to him who thinks evil of it)
March March - Men of Harlech
Trot - Keel Row
LCol Shawn Matheson, CD
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
HE The Governor General
Tactical Recognition Flash Gugga-flash.jpg

The Governor General's Horse Guards is an armoured reconnaissance regiment in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Army, part of Land Force Central Area's 32 Canadian Brigade Group. Based in Toronto, it is the most senior reserve regiment in Canada, and the only Household Cavalry regiment of Canada's three Household units. They are the armoured equivalent to the Governor General's Foot Guards.



The regiment maintains a traditional structure, with squadrons for combat, training, ceremony, administration, and youth engagement.


A Squadron

The Field Squadron is tasked to maintain no fewer than two armoured reconnaissance troops, using the Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

B Squadron

The Training Squadron develops soldiers to serve in their respective roles. This includes personal development through the completion of preliminary trade courses (BMQ/SQ/DP1&2), and playing the role of an enemy opposing force against the Field Squadron in unit-level training field exercises.

Cavalry Squadron

The Cavalry Squadron provides a horse-mounted presence at public and regimental events.

Regimental Support Group

The RSG provides leadership and administrative support.


The full brass and reed military band provides concerts and music for regimental functions. The band includes three specialized musical sub-units: the Fanfare Trumpeters, the Brass Quintet, and the Woodwind Quintet.

Battle honours


  • Button's Troop - 1810
  • Denison's Troop - 1822
  • Governor General's Body Guard - 1866
  • The Mississauga Horse - 1901
  • The Governor General's Horse Guards - 1936 (formed by amalgamation of the Governor General's Body Guard and the Mississauga Horse)

Affiliated regiment



  • Governor General's Body Guards
  • 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (CEF)
  • 7th Canadian Mounted Rifles (CEF)
  • 216th Battalion (CEF)
  • Mississauga Horse

Notable members

See also

External links


  • The Governor General's Horse Guards - Second to None, John Marteinson & Scott Duncan, 2002, Robin Brass Studio Books, ISBN 1-896941-28-1
  • Historical Record of the Governor General's Body Guard and its Standing Orders, Frederick Denison, 1876, Hunter, Rose, & Co

Order of precedence

Preceded by:
First in Order of Precedence
The Governor General's
Horse Guards
Succeeded by:
The Halifax Rifles (RCAC)

Note: The Governor General's Horse Guards is first in precedence of Reserve regiments. Regular regiments maintain a separate precedence list.


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