In their illustrated talk, The Drum Horse in the Fountain, co-authors and former Guardsmen, Christopher Joll and Sir Anthony Weldon, provide an anecdotally-driven account of the lives, careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of some of the two hundred and seventy-five of the officers and men of the Guards covered in their book.

In addition to a disproportionately high number of senior officers and forty-four holders of the Victoria Cross, the officers and men of the sovereign’s personal troops have since the Restoration been responsible for creating the Special Air Service (SAS); pioneering military parachuting; founding the unit that became the Special Operations Executive (SOE); leading the development of the Commandos; and heading the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).

Were this not enough, Guardsmen have provided several foreign Heads of State (including two Sovereign Grand Masters of the Order of Malta) and the preferred candidate for the throne of Albania; a Prime Minister and a whole host of Cabinet Ministers; a Cardinal who, had he lived, might have been Pope; an Archbishop of Canterbury, a Bishop, two monks and three Grand Priors of the Order of St John. 

In the world outside of the military, politics and the church, Guardsmen have been championship boxers, footballers and Olympic medallists; best-selling authors, playwrights and composers; international musicians in the fields of pop, jazz, light and classical music; comedians; artists; Oscar winning film stars; spies, traitors, murderers – and some of the most eccentric men ever to have been let loose on the public.