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Governor General's Foot Guards
File:Governor General's Foot Guards (cap badge).png
Cap badge of the Governor General's Foot Guards
Active 1861-
Country Canada
Branch Militia/Canadian Army - Primary Reserves
Type Foot Guards
Role Light Role
Size One battalion
Part of Royal Canadian Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ Ottawa
Motto(s) Civitas et Princeps Cura Nostra (Our Care is Queen and Country)
March Quick: Milanollo
Slow: Figaro
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin MacLean, CD, ADC
Colonel in Chief HM The Queen
Colonel of
the Regiment
HE The Governor General of Canada
Plume Red
Left side of Bearskin cap
Abbreviation GGFG

The Governor General's Foot Guards is one of three Household regiments in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Army, along with The Governor General's Horse Guards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards. The GGFG is the most senior militia infantry regiment in Canada.

"Civitas et Princeps Cura Nostra" is the official motto of the regiment. It can be translated as "Our Care is Queen and Country".

The regiment has an operational role that encompasses both the territorial defence of Canada and supporting regular Canadian forces overseas. In addition to this, it also performs a ceremonial role similar to that of the Guards regiments of the British Army, mounting the guard on Parliament Hill and at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, a task it shares with the Canadian Grenadier Guards. (See Ceremonial Guard) The regimental dress uniform has buttons in pairs similar to the Coldstream Guards with a red plume worn on the left side of their bearskin. The red plume is of different material and lengths, dependent on the rank of the soldier.

The Governor General's Foot Guards were formally allied with the Coldstream Guards of the United Kingdom (General Order 106 of 1929) after being informally allied with them since the formation of the Regiment.

The Governor General's Foot Guards perpetuate the 2nd Canadian Battalion (Eastern Ontario Regiment), CEF, and 77th (Ottawa) Battalion, CEF.[1]

Rank names

Governor General's Foot Guards, 1875

Viscount Willingdon inspecting the Governor General's Foot Guards, 1927

Governor General's Foot Guards, 1944

Second Lieutenants in Guard regiments are referred by their former title of ensign (Esgn). The name derives from the task the newest joined officers were entrusted with, carrying the ensign or colours.
Colour sergeant
Warrant Officers in Guard regiments are called by their former title of colour sergeant (CSgt). This rank originated from the appointment of specific sergeants to escort and defend the colours.
Upon successful completion of recruit training soldiers are to be addressed as guardsman (Gdsm). King George V awarded this honour in 1918 to mark the service of regiments of Foot Guards during the First World War. General Order 138 of 1928 promulgates this honour.
Upon successful completion of recruit training members of the band are addressed as musician (Muscn).

Governor General's Foot Guards Regimental Museum

Governor General's Foot Guards Regimental Museum
Location Canada
Type Regimental Museum

The museum collects, preserves, studies and exhibits those objects that serve to illustrate the history and traditions of the Regiment. The museum will collect materials that depict the regiment’s past in terms of war, ceremonial, training, sport and other affairs that have influenced the Regiment over the years. The museum will provide for the preservation of such material and for its availability to all those who wish to see and study it. The museum will be a non-profit educational establishment, operated for the Regiment and open to the public, regardless of race, creed, or occupation. The museum will disseminate knowledge and stimulate interest through materials, information services by holding meetings and arranging special programs for the regiment, the association and the public for the furtherance of the purpose of the museum. The museum co-operates with the regiment, association, the National War Museum and other museums as well as the Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, to collect and preserve materials of significance so that these materials may be preserved and aid in the advancement of knowledge of the Regiment.[2] The Guards' museum holds many artifacts from throughout the history of the regiment. Some of the artifacts displayed are a captured German trench periscope, various firearms from past wars including a Second World War–era German MG42, and a copy of Mein Kampf signed by Adolf Hitler. Also on display are several books containing photographs from World War II. The museum is located in the south end of the Cartier Square Drill Hall and is open on parade nights or by appointment.

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The Regimental Colour of the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Battle honours

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The camp flag of the Governor General's Foot Guards.

Victoria Cross recipients

2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Pozières, France
September 9, 1916
2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
Hill 70, France
August 18, 1917

- Awarded posthumously

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Royal 22e Régiment
The Governor General's Foot Guards Succeeded by
The Canadian Grenadier Guards



Arms of G
CIVITAS ET PRINCEPS CURA NOSTRA; Meaning “Our country and ruler are our concern”.
File:Governor General's Foot Guards (cap badge).png
The badge is based on the star of the Order of the Garter, which is used as the cap star of the Coldstream Guards, an allied regiment whose uniform, with minor differences, is worn by the Governor General’s Foot Guards. “CIVITAS ET PRINCEPS CURA NOSTRA” is the motto of the regiment.

Drill Hall

Site Date(s) Designated Location Description Image
Cartier Square Drill Hall 1879 Classified - 1985 Register of the Government of Canada Heritage Buildings Ottawa, Ontario large centrally located building with a low-pitched gable roof houses The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own) and The Governor General's Foot Guards Cartier Square, Drill Hall.jpg

See also


  1. Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments.
  2. A-AD-266-000/AG-001 Canadian Forces Museums – Operations and Administration 2002-04-03
  • Ducimus, The Regiments of the Canadian Infantry. St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada: Mobile Command Headquarters, Canadian Armed Forces. 1992. p. 248p.. ISBN 0-9696421-0-5. 

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