Have you ever wondered why the Household Cavalry horses are all black? Where do the horses come from and how are they trained for ceremonial duties?
These are a few of the questions that are answered by a new video attraction at The Household Cavalry Museum.
The video has been put together with help from the Worshipful Company of Loriners and includes interviews with the soldiers and behind-the-scenes footage.
Other museum exhibits include a pair of silver kettledrums given to the regiment by William IV in 1831, Waterloo veteran the Marquess of Anglesey’s cork leg, Fabergé silverware, Jacky Charlton’s football cap and Sefton’s bridle — the horse injured in the 1982 Hyde Park bombings which targeted the Household Cavalry.
Visitors can also watch daily life in the stables — the horses being fed, groomed and tacked up with their iconic ceremonial kit — from behind a glass screen.
The regiment’s horses have been protecting British monarchs in London for 350 years and the famous Queen’s Lifeguard in Whitehall is a major tourist attraction.
The museum, which opened in June 2007, is at the Household Cavalry’s Horse Guards base in Whitehall, London and opens every day 10am-5pm.