Queen and Prince of Wales to Visit Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

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Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment

Tuesday 24th October, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will visit the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Hyde Park Barracks on Tuesday 24th October.

The Queen and The Prince will arrive together and will be met by Major General Sir Edward Smyth-Osborne, Commander Household Cavalry.

They will proceed on foot to the outside of the Forge where the Commanding Officer will ask The Queen to name the Regiment’s new Drum Horse.

The Queen will proceed to the stables where she will meet Troopers of the Life Guards and The Blues and Royals with their horses. She will listen to a briefing on the latest innovations in equine health.

The Prince of Wales will visit the Forge and hear about the Farriers’ Apprenticeship Programme. He will proceed on foot to the Tack Room where The Master Saddler will outline the process of preparing for major events. The Prince of Wales will also meet Troopers of The Blues and Royals.

At the conclusion of the visit The Queen and The Prince of Wales will sit for a photograph with Officers and Warrant Officers before departing Hyde Park Barracks.

The Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals; the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army who retain a world famous reputation for excellence on both the battlefield and on ceremonial duties. All members of the Household Cavalry are dual roled, but consider themselves operational soldiers first and foremost. Ready for short-notice operations, at home or abroad, the Household Cavalry Regiment continues an unbroken tradition of service to the country spanning nearly four centuries. In the Armoured Cavalry role, their task is to reconnoitre swiftly ahead of other forces, scouting for the enemy and understanding the human and physical terrain. In London, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment provides the Army’s mounted State Ceremonial & Public Duties capability – the public face of the British Army to the world and the mounted escort to Her Majesty The Queen. This summer, soldiers from Hyde Park Barracks have participated in the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Spanish State Visit, and deployed alongside the police on Operation Temperer to provide armed security for key sites in London in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester.

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