Female soldiers serving in Queen's Foot Guards call for Army to stop calling them 'Guardsmen'

The Army is considering dropping the term "Guardsman" to become more inclusive

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Serving female soldiers acting as the Queen's bodyguard have asked the Army for a name-change.

Privates in the Foot Guards are all known as Guardsmen whether they are male or female.

Junior guards have called for a change to the rank of Guardsman – which largely predates the lifting of a ban on women in combat roles in 2018 – be replaced simply with the term "Guard".

The Queen's foot soldiers are currently called "Guardsman" irreverent of their gender
The Queen's foot soldiers are currently called "Guardsman" irreverent of their gender

The Army confirmed that it was ready to reconsider its use of gendered terms, to conform with "equality, diversity and inclusivity".

An Army spokesman said: "We remain open to different views on the naming of ranks."

The Foot Guards have five regiments, the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards.

All regiments, despite gender, wear the ceremonial red tunic and bearskin hats when on guard duty outside Royal Palaces.

One female private spoke to The Sun, saying she was "so tired of being called a man every day".

In a post via the Army Servicewomen's Network, she asked: "Does anybody know if the rank of Guardsman is going to change soon?"

Many serving female foot soldier acting as the Queen's bodyguard have supported the use of the term Guard.

Last week's Trooping of the Colour ceremony featured the first female director of music, Major Lauren Petritz-Watts.

Women have been allowed into combat roles with the British Army, since rules changed in 2018.

The Army said that half of all members of the King's Troop Royal Artillery are female.

The King's Troop provide cover for the Household Cavalry when they go for summer training in Norfolk.