Queen’s footguard with grey great coat
The Queen’s footguards change into their grey great coats for the autumn and winter months.
The grey great coats are used in the winter because of their larger length and also the thickness of the great coats is also greater, offering guardsmen and officers greater protection against the elements whilst on guard.
All summer the guard have been on parade in their red tunics.
The uniform the guards wear on ceremonial duties is an expensive set. The bearskin cap (made from culled Canadian bears) are one of the most expensive elements of the uniform, costing several hundreds of pounds per cap.