The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery unit did not take part in the Trooping the Colour parade to mark The Queen’s 85th birthday on Saturday (11 June) after one of its horses tested positive for strangles.

Commanding Officer Neil Cross stressed that it was a precautionary measure in view of other ceremonial duties, such as last week’s Royal Ascot (14-18 June).

One horse tested positive and is now in isolation,” he said. “We haven’t got an epidemic, but we wanted to act responsibly and could not run the risk of infecting mews and Household Cavalry horses.”

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (16 June, 2011)