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Queens Cavalry Ready for Summer of Ceremonial
Pictured are Soldiers from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment forming up on parade in Hyde Park Barracks prior to The Major Generals Inspection.
After this dress rehearsal, The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment were put through their paces during their annual inspection by Major General Ben Bathurst the General Officer Commanding the Army in London and the Queens Household Troops.
The Queens mounted bodyguard parade in Hyde Park to prove their readiness for another busy summer of pageantry.
After intense preparations that have involved hundreds of hours of training, honing physical and mental prowess of both horses and men.
The Major Generals Inspection is the annual test of the regiments ability to conduct state ceremonial duties for the year.
During the parade more than 160 men and horses including the Household Cavalry Band with their magnificent Drum Horses, will trot and canter across the grass of Hyde Park in a display of military mounted precision.
Many of the soldiers will be up for most of the night making final improvements to the mirror sheen of their silver cuirasses, Jack Boots, and grooming their horses for the parade. Excellence is hard won -a pair of Jack Boots can take more than 200 hours of polishing to bring up to parade standard. The horses came back from grass in late January and have had to undergo their own healthy eating and fitness regime to build muscle and agility for ceremonial duties fit for Her Majesty
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The Household Cavalry
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
The Queens Cavalry is ready to kick off another summer of ceremonial duties, as captured in this photo print. Soldiers from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment can be seen forming up on parade in Hyde Park Barracks prior to The Major Generals Inspection. This dress rehearsal serves as a final preparation before the regiment undergoes their annual inspection by Major General Ben Bathurst, the General Officer Commanding the Army in London and the Queens Household Troops. With hundreds of hours of training invested, both horses and men have honed their physical and mental prowess for this momentous occasion. The Major Generals Inspection acts as a test of the regiments' ability to conduct state ceremonial duties throughout the year. During the parade, more than 160 men and horses will showcase their military mounted precision across Hyde Park's grassy expanse. The Household Cavalry Band, accompanied by their magnificent Drum Horses, will provide an enchanting musical backdrop. In anticipation of this event, soldiers have dedicated countless hours ensuring every detail is perfect. From polishing silver cuirasses and Jack Boots to meticulously grooming their horses, excellence is hard-won. It takes over 200 hours just to bring a pair of Jack Boots up to parade standard! These majestic creatures returned from grazing in late January and underwent a rigorous healthy eating and fitness regime to build muscle strength and agility fit for Her Majesty's ceremonial requirements. As they proudly march through Hyde Park once again, these brave soldiers prove that they are prepared for yet another busy summer filled with pageantry and honor.
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