A horse from the King’s Troop had to be put down after an accident in the Royal Gun Salute in Hyde Park yesterday (2 June).

The horse, called Murphy, slipped during the parade and his legs got caught up in the gun carriage. He was put down at the scene.

The Royal Gun Salute takes place on the 2 June every year to mark The Queen’s coronation.

“Unfortunately the horse became entangled in the gun carriage which was being moved into position and very sadly broke its leg,” a spokesman for the Army told the Daily Mail.

“The vet officer in place immediately gave him pain relief but it was a very complex fracture and the only course of action was to put him down.”