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Household Cavalry Museum The home of Household Cavalry heritage. Dive into 360 years of service to the Sovereign, see our wor

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Merry Christmas all from all of us at the Museum!
25/12/2022

Merry Christmas all from all of us at the Museum!

Four more sleeps! We hope everyone is getting into the festive spirit. Our Regimental family have a few fun traditions a...
21/12/2022

Four more sleeps! We hope everyone is getting into the festive spirit. Our Regimental family have a few fun traditions at this time of year - from hanging a brick in the mess, to fancy dress inspections, to officers serving the Troopers their lunch. What are your Christmas traditions?

🚨 🚨 🚨 Just in time for Christmas we are delighted to announce the republication of the official Second World War history...
09/12/2022

🚨 🚨 🚨 Just in time for Christmas we are delighted to announce the republication of the official Second World War history of the 2nd Household Cavalry Regiment (2HCR) by Roden Orde.

When the author sent a copy to the Prime Minister in 1953, he received the reply:

“It is the best regimental history I have ever read” - Sir Winston Churchill

2HCR’s war was a short and exciting one, from Normandy in July 1944, to Germany in May 1945. As an armoured reconnaissance regiment in the vanguard of the Guards Armoured Division it helped lead the advance probing miles behind the enemy’s front, constantly ‘looping’ around strongpoints to find ways for the main thrust to break through. They were the first troops to reach Brussels and to link up with 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem.

Unlike other regimental histories, it is not just an account written about and for officers, but rather a book about an entire regiment full of anecdotes from all ranks, in a narrative style and with a contemporary feel. Order your copy today:

https://householdcavalry.co.uk/museum/shop/new-items/2hcrbook/

This republication by Pen & Sword books, is only possible through the generous contributions of former and serving Household Cavalrymen and their families. Proceeds of books sales will go towards the Household Cavalry Foundation.

Well done to all those who did such a great job supporting King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, in welcoming Cyr...
23/11/2022

Well done to all those who did such a great job supporting King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, in welcoming Cyril Ramaphosa and his delegation at the official start of the South African State Visit yesterday.

This two-day visit to the UK is the King's first State Visit since he ascended the throne in September, and the first in more than three years due to the pandemic.

Guests are officially welcomed on Horse Guards Parade (the Museum’s front doorstep!) before enjoying a mounted es**rted to Buckingham Palace.

Image source: GETTY IMAGES via bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-63714611

19/11/2022

Picture of the day: A member of the Household Cavalry rides in Westminster on an autumnal Friday. 🍁

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Spats cover Polluted bootsWith a Sam Browne strapped To a spit and polish belt Tightened by the sergeantHolding him ther...
11/11/2022

Spats cover
Polluted boots
With a Sam Browne strapped
To a spit and polish belt
Tightened by the sergeant
Holding him there
Completely trapped.

Deathly still
Helmand
Mourning loss
Hobnailed by the flagpole
With a drooping ensign
In a two-minute silence
Like three hours on a cross.

Numb lips
This November
And another year
As the guns die down
In posthumous salute
While the note splits
In the mouth of momentary fear.

The bugle fades
Echoing round
As darkness descends
On Greenwich Mean Time
Across Whitehall
And the sands of an Afghan desert
While Calvary shares the silence.

Crinkled leaves
Float down
On their parachute trip
With legions of poppies
Papered for today
As a tear rolls down
To a stiff upper lip.

Teeth chatter
Feet freeze
With winter ahead
On count-down to Reveille
And the beginning of spring
While sheathed swords
Honour the glorious dead.

- Paul du Plessis, 2009.

We feel a change parade coming on… come and try on our world renowned uniforms in the heart of Royal London this weekend...
04/11/2022

We feel a change parade coming on… come and try on our world renowned uniforms in the heart of Royal London this weekend. We’ve just had a delivery of special ‘extra extra extra small’ tunics from the Master Tailor for your little Troopers to try on!

Photos from Aktiveyes's post
02/11/2022

Photos from Aktiveyes's post

Photos from SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity's post
01/11/2022

Photos from SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity's post

01/11/2022

Image of the day: Members of the Household Cavalry march on horseback on Horse Guards Parade in central London.

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We’re chuffed to bits for Rob and his justly deserved success in this incredible project. As his wonderful exhibition at...
28/10/2022

We’re chuffed to bits for Rob and his justly deserved success in this incredible project.

As his wonderful exhibition at comes to a close can’t wait to give a home to his very special Windsor Castle Queen’s Birthday Parade piece.

What we see as the result of his hard work and talent is impressive enough, but we’ve been even more delighted working with him behind the scenes and have loved seeing his collection and accomplishments grow.

We’ve been overwhelmed at the beauty of seeing our Regimental Family through his eyes and in a whole new light.

Thank you Rob.

26/10/2022

Live now!!

Photos from Household Cavalry Museum's post
24/10/2022

Photos from Household Cavalry Museum's post

We hope you’re hungry for our Half Term Families Open Day! On Wednesday 26th October come and meet our soldiers and feed...
19/10/2022

We hope you’re hungry for our Half Term Families Open Day! On Wednesday 26th October come and meet our soldiers and feed their horses while learning about life behind the scenes in the working stables of the Sovereign’s mounted bodyguard.

Meet the:
- Farriers
- Tailors
- Saddlers
- Veterinarians
- and of course… HORSES!

Learn how to:
- Make a saddle and tack
- Care for our horses’
- Change a horse’s shoes
- Tailor our iconic uniform, recently seen by so many across the world.

Full details and tickets available on our website. Link in bio. All proceeds help preserve over 350 years of heritage and support our charity which cares for our soldiers and horses.

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post
14/10/2022

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post

13/10/2022

Time to share this beauty again- hello hungry Kimberly!

Think you can do a better job at feeding a horse than our Director?
Then come along to our Open Day on Wednesday 26 October and show us what you've got. 🫣🤗😂😋

https://householdcavalry.co.uk/museum/whats-on/

An absolute must see exhibition.After proudly putting on a rolling exhibition at the museum, it’s incredible to see all ...
13/10/2022

An absolute must see exhibition.

After proudly putting on a rolling exhibition at the museum, it’s incredible to see all these beauties together in one place.

A once in a generation experience.

VERY IMPORTANT DIARY DATE: Wednesday 26 OctoberWHAT: Our Half Term Families Open Day is back!Meet the horses, feed the s...
12/10/2022

VERY IMPORTANT DIARY DATE: Wednesday 26 October

WHAT: Our Half Term Families Open Day is back!

Meet the horses, feed the soldiers ... or something like that 🤔🤣

DETAILS:
You and your family are invited back to Horse Guards this autumn.

Following on the success of our previous Half Term events we’re happy to be able to announce another Half Term Families Open Day.

As ever, we’ll have the full gambit of amazing experiences on offer and you can meet some very special Household Cavalry Regiment members.
Ready to meet you on site we’ll have our:
- Farriers
- Tailors
- Saddlers
- Veterinarians
- and of course… HORSES!

Not only will you be able to meet the horses, but you will also learn how to:

- Make a saddle and the leatherwear used by our Regiment
- Care for our horses’ health
- Change a horse’s shoe
Make our beautiful uniform unique to every wearer

You’ll also be able to:
- Hear all about the busy year the Regiment have had
- ‘Ask a soldier anything’ when you meet them face to face
- Do a find & seek trail around the Museum
- Take away colouring in and activity sheets to enjoy at home

Full details and tickets on website. Link in bio.

Very important diary date: Wednesday 26 October.Our Half Term Families Open Day is back!Meet the horses, feed the soldie...
12/10/2022

Very important diary date: Wednesday 26 October.
Our Half Term Families Open Day is back!

Meet the horses, feed the soldiers ... or something like that 🤔🤣

Full details here:
https://householdcavalry.co.uk/museum/whats-on/

11/10/2022

Our Artist in Residence Rob Pointon Artist is hosting an day today and it’s ‘drawing’ quite the crowd!

Twelve artists all creating their own masterpieces.

If you can’t pop down and see the show today make sure you join us during for our - tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post
06/10/2022

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post

🍂As Autumn winds blow this week you can be forgiven for thinking ahead to festive lights and office party nights. Well i...
05/10/2022

🍂As Autumn winds blow this week you can be forgiven for thinking ahead to festive lights and office party nights. Well if you or your team are looking for a special party venue with a dollop of history, a splash of panache and a serving of je ne sais quois, look no further than the Museum. The only publicly accessible part of the iconic Horse Guards building, we sit in the heart of Royal London and can host intimate dinners to buzzing drinks parties - all within sight and smell of the working stables of the King’s Life Guard. Don’t just take it from us. Our last guest was none other than HRH The Princess Royal! https://householdcavalry.co.uk/museum/private-hire-events/

‘The Perils of the Final Journey’ - Wednesday 5th October, 18:30-19:30hrs. Introducing the fourth online lecture in a un...
03/10/2022

‘The Perils of the Final Journey’ - Wednesday 5th October, 18:30-19:30hrs.

Introducing the fourth online lecture in a unique series delivered by our Regimental Historian, Christopher Joll.

Join us in discovering the heritage and quirks of past ceremonial funerals. Christopher Joll will take you from the funeral of King Richard III, delayed by a mere 530 years, to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. His talk examines how State Funerals are planned and organised, as well as recounting some of the things that have gone wrong in the past. This includes why the 1661 State Funeral of 1st Duke of Montrose was corporeally incomplete, and why Nelson was buried in a coffin made of French oak. Christopher will also reveal the awful problems encountered during the funeral of the 1st Duke of Wellington - problems eclipsed by those encountered during Queen Victoria’s final journey. And then there was the dreadful omen experienced by King Edward VIII at the State Funeral of his father, King George V. Sign up for this and much more.

Free to members of the Regiment, serving and retired. All proceeds will help support the museum, preserving our heritage for future generations.

Object of the week ...
03/10/2022

Object of the week ...

Cuirass burnisher!!
28/09/2022

Cuirass burnisher!!

Our is this 2nd Life Guards Cuirass Burnisher, which was used by Trooper G Kynoch between 1871 - 1883.

A Burnisher was used to make cuirasses clean and shiny. Both hands were used, the cuirass being held in the lap and scraped with the metal blade. It was said to take a whole morning to clean a front cuirass by this method.

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post
27/09/2022

Photos from The Household Cavalry's post

Photos from Rob Pointon Artist's post
26/09/2022

Photos from Rob Pointon Artist's post

21/09/2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Sovereign for almost 20% of our 362 year history. She lived in our traditions, our Standards, our names and our uniforms. She continues to live in our hearts and the hearts of all who served her during an extraordinary 70 year reign. The men and women of the Regiment have done justice to her memory over the last 10 days and should rightly feel proud of making history. They will go on to serve His Majesty The King just as proudly.

21/09/2022
As the nation, and the world, reflect on a day that will be marked indelibly on our memories, the Regiment continue to o...
20/09/2022

As the nation, and the world, reflect on a day that will be marked indelibly on our memories, the Regiment continue to observe Royal Mourning along with the Royal Family, their household and household troops committed to public duties. Royal Mourning will end after 26 Sep 22. 📷

A final es**rt for our Colonel-in-Chief. But Queen Elizabeth wasn’t just Colonel-in-Chief to our two regiments. She was ...
19/09/2022

A final es**rt for our Colonel-in-Chief. But Queen Elizabeth wasn’t just Colonel-in-Chief to our two regiments. She was much more to us, and to others across the armed forces. We all swore allegiance to her on joining up, she established the Elizabeth Cross for the families of fallen servicemen and women, and her head is emblazoned on every operational medal from the Korean War to Afghanistan. What’s more, she was a veteran herself, and wife, mother and grandmother to veterans. Today has been a hard day. But what an honour to ride, march and stand by her side one last time as her trusted guardians.

An historic moment as Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren stood vigil around the catafalque in Westminster Hall. The Prin...
18/09/2022

An historic moment as Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren stood vigil around the catafalque in Westminster Hall. The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex both wore the uniform of the Blues and Royals. Both brothers began their military careers with the Household Cavalry and it will have meant a great deal to those who served with them, and those serving today, that they decided to carry out this enormously important role as Blues and Royals officers. Honi soit qui mal y pense. 📷

Photos from British Army's post
15/09/2022

Photos from British Army's post

Members of the Regiment es**rted Her Majesty on a route many of them had accompanied her on before. Today was different....
14/09/2022

Members of the Regiment es**rted Her Majesty on a route many of them had accompanied her on before. Today was different.

With reversed arms (swords pointing backwards) in mourning, the Life Guards and Blues and Royals slow marched with the procession down the Mall, passing the King’s Life Guard at Horse Guards, and arriving at Westminster Hall and the waiting catafalque.

Here, officers of the Household Division will take turns to stand vigil at the corners of the coffin while the Queen lies-in-state and members of the public pay their last respects. As the senior regiment, Household Cavalry officers stood the first vigil.

Troops were up early this morning to conduct an early morning rehearsal (EMR) for the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen. ...
13/09/2022

Troops were up early this morning to conduct an early morning rehearsal (EMR) for the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen. Arms (swords) are reversed as a mark of respect.

Photos from British Army's post
13/09/2022

Photos from British Army's post

Photos from The Army in London - HQ London District's post
12/09/2022

Photos from The Army in London - HQ London District's post

Our strength and stay.HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022Rest in peace Ma’am. God save The King.
08/09/2022

Our strength and stay.

HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022

Rest in peace Ma’am. God save The King.

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Join the Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity for the second ‘War and Peace in the Age of Napoleon’ conference held at the National Army Museum on the 8th-10th September 2022! This event will feature a guided tour of Apsley House, an evening lecture, and a private drinks and canapés reception at the Household Cavalry Museum in addition to talks from over 50 speakers! Join in online or in person - find out more and get your tickets here:
There’s still time to support our Crowdfunder! There’s just four days left until it closes. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far.

The 20th July is something that has quietly been remembered by a small group of people every year for the last four decades. We hope that through this documentary, more people will understand the impact of that day and how it echoes on for many even now.

Any funds we receive past our target will go towards additional screenings of the film that we will be announcing in the coming weeks.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/hydeparkbombing

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"There was a mass vacuum of air just disappearing around you, and then the sharpest explosion in your ear. I could literally feel my eardrum disappearing,"

The words of Simon Utley, interviewed by Forces.net about next week's 40th anniversary of the Hyde Park Bombing and our documentary project.

https://www.forces.net/news/hyde-park-bombing-survivor-i-could-literally-feel-my-eardrum-disappearing

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🐎Household Cavalry Beach Ride🐎

Difficult but exhilarating painting conditions today trying to communicate the joy and chaos of the Cavalry's beach ride at Holkham. I painted a smaller piece last year but the lasting memories of such an assault on the senses made me want to attempt something larger.

This is 80cmx160cm. I've built it up using sketches, last years plein air study and photos, several mornings this week on site painting the water movement and yesterday's beach ride with the Life Guards.

I had the easel break due to the wind, loose horses, and a horse fearful of the surf rearing up to contend with, not to mention the changing weather, rapid tides, airborne sand, and 1 mile slog with all the gear back to car.

Silly idea really. But fun in the moment.

Exhibition of my Household Cavalry Artist Residency works opens at Panter and Hall Gallery on Pall Mall October 11th until the 28th.

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The premiere of our upcoming documentary, The Hyde Park Bombing, is just four weeks away.

Join us on 19th July for the first ever screening of the film, followed by a Q&A. Get your tickets now for this brilliant free event hosted by the National Army Museum.

Get your tickets here: https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/hyde-park-bombing

And find out more about the project here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/hydeparkbombing



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£8000!

We are over the moon to have reached our initial target ahead of schedule! This means we will definitely be able to finish the film and donate a version to the Household Cavalry Museum. We are so grateful to each and every person who has donated, we couldn’t have done it without you.

We’re not stopping there though. Reaching our stretch target of £12,000 will enable us to interview more contributors, license more archive, include better graphics, and generally make a better quality product that will do this story justice and stand the test of time.

Please donate, share and spread the word however you can to help us reach our next goal.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/hydeparkbombing



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Call in the Cavalry 🐎⁠

The Household Cavalry Museum gets you up close to The Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard. Explore their history and discover more about their present-day role. The museum offers views into the working stables operated by the regiment and tells the story of The Household Cavalry through compelling personal testimonies, interactive exhibits and rare artifacts.⁠

While in London, be sure not to miss the Changing of the Queen’s Guard which takes place every day. Members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ride down from the Hyde Park Barracks to relieve those on duty and take up guard positions at Horse Guards. Passing through Hyde Park Corner, along Constitution Hill and The Mall, the riders arrive at Horse Guards Parade, right outside the Household Cavalry Museum. It is here that the impressive guard change ceremony takes place.⁠

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Here is the result from painting live at The Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour. I hired a van this week to collect the 2mx1.2m canvas from the historic stables at Horse Guards. There were a good few millimetres to spare getting it up the winding staircases!

I then drove down to Waterlooville on the south coast where this and several other key pieces for my October exhibition Panter and Hall have been measured up for beautifully crafted frames from theartisticframingcompany

The Household Cavalry Artist Residency Exhibition runs 11th - 28th October at Panter and Hall Gallery on Pall Mall raising funds for Household Cavalry Foundation. My first gallery solo exhibition in London.

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The glorious uniforms of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are a familiar sight in London, providing the Sovereign’s Es**rt at the State Opening of Parliament, Royal Weddings and of course, jubilees.

On 20 July 1982, 15 Household Cavalrymen and their horses were on their way to change the guard near Buckingham Palace when a remote controlled device was initiated, blasting nails and shrapnel into them. Four men and seven horses were killed, and many more injured

We’re bringing this story to the screen for the first time, but we need your help to preserve this important part of British history for future generations.

Find out more about the project and support our Crowdfunder here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/hydeparkbombing

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The Household Cavalry has had a busy weekend, and we've had a busy day filming in the Household Cavalry Museum with the Regimental Historian ChristopherJoll.

The film is really starting to come together but we need your help to get it over the line.

Please do share and donate if you can.

https://lnkd.in/eGwpK7JQ
👑 Painting in The Queen's private chambers at Windsor 👑

The greatest honour of my residency with The Household Cavalry (and my entire career) was painting inside The Queen's private chambers during Trooping the Colour at Windsor Castle last year.

I got oil paint on my best suit but fortunately not the carpet.

This 200 x 120cm piece is the sister painting to this year's Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour painting from my last post and shall be the other centrepiece of the October exhibition at Panter and Hall Gallery.

Covid restricted the event to just a handful of spectators, so to be granted such access to paint live in the Victoria Vestibule, a view over Her Majesty's shoulder whilst the red arrows tear overhead is something I shall always remember.

I technically painted The Queen from life during this, although I could only really see her right arm and handbag!

I wonder what Thursday shall bring?

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💂‍♂️💂‍♂️💂‍♂️The Prince and The Painter💂‍♂️💂‍♂️💂‍♂️

Today I was working on a 2 metre canvas infront of HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge during The Colonel's Review of Trooping the Colour, the final review before The Platinum Jubilee Queen's Birthday Parade. Here's a sneak peek...

I've spent the last couple of weeks building up this piece, painting on site at Horse Guards Parade during 3 rehearsals, The Brigade Major's Review and last week's Major General's Review.

It's been a long road to get to this point with many tricky logistics.

This painting represents the culmination of my Artist Residency with The Household Cavalry and shall be a centrepiece of my exhibition with Panter and Hall Gallery in October 11-28.

I'll share the full painting when hopefully I finish it in front of Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday's Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour.

Both Prince William and I turn 40 in a few weeks (I'm an hour older 💪) so I'm glad I could share being a thirty-something with him, albeit across a parade ground!

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I've been painting inside the historic stables at Queens Life Guard today. Great to experience life behind the scenes. I know Terence Cuneo painted the Household Cavalry a lot, I wonder if it was painting in here that gave him the idea to hide a mouse in every painting.

Part of my residency with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment to be exhibited at Panter and Hall Gallery on Pall Mall opening October 11th

Panter and Hall
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I decided to work into this 30"x24" piece from last year. Quite intense working conditions amongst inquisitive tourists. I couldn't resist adding in the large Union Jack that has been hung for the . Hopefully it isn't too domineering in the corner.

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Artist Residency Panter and Hall show in October.

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