David Edelsten


500 Years of Protecting the Sovereign

“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.”
HM The Queen, in her Foreword

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.

232 pages


ISBN: 978-1-903071-26-7. Category: .

David Edelsten – Born 1933, educated at Clifton and Sandhurst, served in and commanded 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own), took early retirement in the rank of Brigadier, in order to live in his boyhood Dorset home.  For eight years he ran a Taunton-based charity devoted to helping people with addiction problems, until writing took over his life – becoming a regular diarist and the hunting and polo correspondent for Country Life. He still writes regularly for The Field, and for Horse & Hound. He has published three books in a series called Dorset Diaries, reviews regularly, including in The Spectator, is married, with two sons, and two step-daughters, and describes himself as devoted to horses and Jane Austen.

Additional Information

Weight 1220 g
Dimensions 240 x 240 x 30 mm


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