UK History and Honor of British Army Redcoat of the Queen’s Guard

On my first trip to Scotland to meet my in-laws back in 2010, my father-in-law told me not to come back until I had been to London and seen the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. I obliged. On the next trip to the UK, Boyd booked our trip to London to meet his brother and experience the Changing of the Guards for his hundredth time.

I immediately became infatuated with the Queens Guard’s attire, worn historically by the British Army.  Redcoats are also known as a “coatee”. These coats have been worn since the 17th century and are still worn to date. They are mostly red because the English flag is red and white and the uniforms were designed in the 17th century before Scotland entered the UK. In 1873, it was decided that the redcoat or coatee would be worn all soldiers, sergeants, and some cavalry regiments – no matter their rank.

Me In My British Army Redcoat

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s GuardMe, Christi Tasker in British Army Redcoat

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On my recent 42nd birthday we had one frigid day in Miami. It was a mere 52 degrees Fahrenheit. The remainder of the United States was experiencing below freezing temperatures. When Boyd asked what I wanted for my birthday, I simply said, “my already purchased redcoat down from the cedar storage box” which resides at the very top of our closet. I was going to be sooooo Miami and wear this baby out while it was sooo “cold”.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

Me, Christi Tasker in British Army Redcoat sitting in front of a Sheppard Fairy mural in Wynwood, Miami. 

Turns out, everyone loves it! In Miami, they think it’s a Gucci jacket. 

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

Almost everywhere I’ve traveled recently in my red Queen’s Guard coat, the people think IT’s something different. In Las Vegas, people stopped me walking through the SLS casino to ask questions as if I were a monkey aka. their employees. On my recent trip to Venice, Italy, people thought I was dressed up for Carnevale.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

In Miami, some think it’s PROPAGANDA.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

In Dallas, they thought it was a “Michael Jackson coat”.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

In high-end department stores that carry Gucci, such as Dallas’ Forty Five Ten, where they carry Gucci, they just wanted to know “who is the designer was?”

I only wish I knew. Do you? If so, please comment below.

My Scottish friends have clarified that this is an Irish Guard’s jacket which is identified by the clover on the collar. The Irish coats also have a series of four buttons whereas the Scottish have a series of three buttons. A special thanks to my Facebook group friend, Jim Broon. I appreciate your help in identifying the coat type.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

Yes, I understand my gold Roberto Cavalli snake aviator glasses do look similar to Michael Jackson’s Thriller glasses. Gold chain necklace available on ChristiTasker.com 

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

Me, Christi Tasker in British Army Redcoat with Roberto Cavalli sunglasses.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s GuardMe, Christi Tasker in British Army Redcoat with my own collection earrings available on ChristiTasker.com

And yes, this coat is just so maximalist ME, but there’s a real story behind why I have this beautiful British Army red coat.

British Army Redcoat, How + Why I Have a British UK Army Redcoat From The Queen’s Guard

After seeing the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, Boyd and I ventured over to the wild and crazy Camden Market.

Of course, I noticed the red coat hanging in the window of a vintage store so I dashed over like a kid after candy. A minute or two later, the nice lady in the store greeted Boyd as he followed me in. I was searching the rows of redcoats for the right size, one that was clean, and not missing buttons. That alone is a chore in a vintage shop. Boyd proceeded to tell her the story of his dad who was Queen’s Guard from the Scot’s Guard division. The lady turned around and asked, “Oh dear! Why don’t you see if you can refurbish your granddad’s redcoat?”

Obviously, we died laughing, and this coat always reminds me of how young I feel and fortunately, some people think I am….or at least that’s what I like to tell myself. Otherwise, Boyd would have to face looking 20 years my senior vs. the 9 years that he really is. I am just not so sure my father-in-law would like me wearing the Irish version of the Queen’s Guard Coatee.

I’m curious….have you ever miscalculated someone’s age and stuck your foot in your mouth? Please do tell below.

Fashion credits:

Pants: True Religion | Boots: Vince Camuto | Purse + Passport Cover: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli 

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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.