Troops employed to guard a sovereign.
- In 1789 the army consisted of household troops, which included the French and Swiss guards, regular forces - around 113,000 infantry, 32,000 cavalry, and under 10,000 gunners - and the militia of about 75,000.
- An alien and therefore rather insecure king, Cnut kept a regiment of household troops or ‘housecarls' who were a considerable burden on the country.
- The empress, with her inexplicable fondness for the man, insists he can be trusted with the household troops, and I'm not in a mood to resist her.
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