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Corporal,  Royal Guides, circa 1866

Caption: Corporal, Royal Guides, circa 1866

The Royal Guides or Governor General's Body Guard for Lower Canada were raised in 1862 as the 3rd Volunteer Militia Troop of Cavalry of Montreal. There was a squabble with a Toronto unit over rights to the title of 'Governor General's Body Guard'. The Ontario cavalry had the last laugh - the Montreal troop was disbanded in 1869, but the descendant of the Toronto volunteers remains in service in the 21st century as The Governor General's Horse Guards. The uniform shown in this photograph of the 1860s combined elements of British Dragoon and Light Dragoon styles. The blue tunic had white frogging and lace. The dragoon-style helmet was in white metal with a white horsehair plume. (DND Library)