The Household Cavalry Museum and Shop

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Visit the Household Cavalry Museum to learn about the British Army's two senior regiments, The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals, and see their working stables through a large glass screen. Visit our website for opening times and our online shop.

Congratulations !.
07/05/2019

Congratulations !.

And now they are three. Congratulations to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their son this morning. We’re thrilled for you Sir!

Today the band of the Household Cavalry joined the changing of the Queen's Life Guard. The band played a variety of Regi...
02/05/2019

Today the band of the Household Cavalry joined the changing of the Queen's Life Guard. The band played a variety of Regimental music to serenade the public watching on Horse Guards Parade .

The Band of The Household Cavalry
30/04/2019

The Band of The Household Cavalry

This weekend Lance Corporal Taylor and Musician Wadkin represented the band at the UK Armed Forces Equestrian Championships, where they jumped on their own horses Chivers and Striker.
Although there were no rosettes on this occasion, both gave a respectable account of themselves and have done the band proud!
Well done to both!

#ukafec

The Household Cavalry Corps of Army Music The Household Division

The Band of The Household Cavalry
24/04/2019

The Band of The Household Cavalry

This morning we provided musical support for the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. We were joined on the forecourt by our colleagues from The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and former Assistant Director of Music, Major Marshall.

We will be providing musical support again on Friday, although this time mounted, at Horse Guards Parade with The Household Cavalry.

Don't forget if your around on Sunday that the Museum will be closed all day due the London Marathon and that there will...
24/04/2019

Don't forget if your around on Sunday that the Museum will be closed all day due the London Marathon and that there will be no changing of the Queen's Life Guard.

22/04/2019
The Army in London - HQ London District

The Army in London - HQ London District

On this very special Easter Sunday we would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to our Commander in Chief, Her Majesty The Queen. The Seven Regiments that make up the Household Division are privileged to have a powerful and historic bond with the Sovereign. From the mid 17th Century to today, The Guards have been the Monarch's Household Troops and bodyguard, while also serving the Kingdom as elite fighting warriors on foreign fields or supporting emergency operations in the UK. We are at Your Service. God Save The Queen!

Just a few images from the Major Generals inspection yesterday in Hyde Park.
12/04/2019

Just a few images from the Major Generals inspection yesterday in Hyde Park.

Back in Summer review order, the Household Cavalry dismount from their horses for an hour's break .
05/04/2019

Back in Summer review order, the Household Cavalry dismount from their horses for an hour's break .

It was peppermint day in the stables today for the Lifeguard horses . As you can see some of them were very grateful.
06/03/2019

It was peppermint day in the stables today for the Lifeguard horses . As you can see some of them were very grateful.

Saturday the 23rd of February was the annual HCMR Farriers' Competition, held at Hyde Park barracks. The competition was...
25/02/2019

Saturday the 23rd of February was the annual HCMR Farriers' Competition, held at Hyde Park barracks. The competition was fierce but friendly. Attached are some images from the day.

The last mounted guard has just been posted.So you only have an hour to get here for the 4 pm garrison inspection .
17/02/2019

The last mounted guard has just been posted.So you only have an hour to get here for the 4 pm garrison inspection .

17/02/2019
The Army in London - HQ London District

What an amazing video of Horse Guards !.

Thanks to former Army in London photographer Sgt Steve Blake’s magic movie we’ve enabled our beautiful Headquarters London District, the historic Horse Guards building, to give everyone who passes by a virtual hug this Valentine’s Day. Press play and feel the love! #yourarmy ❤️

There is nothing better than just being a tourist for the day. The new guard today are the Life Guards, come see them ar...
31/01/2019

There is nothing better than just being a tourist for the day. The new guard today are the Life Guards, come see them arrive at Horse Guards for the changing of the guard ceremony today at 11.00am.

The Household Cavalry training in Ukraine.
28/01/2019

The Household Cavalry training in Ukraine.

The Household Cavalry is currently deployed on Operation Orbital, out in Ukraine. They are on a mission training the Ukrainian army, to help them stabilise their country. Ukraine has been embroiled in conflict since the Maidan Revolution in 2014 which led to separatists, backed by regular Russian military units, seizing Crimea and a large swathe of Ukrainian territory along the border.
British forces expanded their commitment to the Ukrainian Army in 2018 to include training in anti-armour, infantry skills, counter-sniping and mortar planning. Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson said “We want to be able to ensure that the people who are on the front line... have the best ability to survive and defend their homeland.”
With most days between -5 and -10 degrees C, it’s cold work for the Troopers from Windsor. But the friendships our soldiers build with our allies in Ukraine make the physical challenge worthwhile.

Check out the link for tickets if you want to catch the Household Cavalry at this years show.
23/01/2019

Check out the link for tickets if you want to catch the Household Cavalry at this years show.

The Pageant at Royal Windsor Horse Show will be an equestrian and musical feast of entertainment that celebrates the birth and life of Queen Victoria.

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria and to celebrate this significant occasion, The Pageant will be staged by the BAFTA award-winning team on the evenings of 9th, 10th and 11th May at Royal Windsor Horse Show.

A cast of artists, dancers and performers, together with 500 participants, more than 400 horses and 30 carriages will re-create 19th century Great Britain and the reign of Queen Victoria in a theatrical performance in the shadow of the floodlit Windsor Castle.

Tickets for The Pageant are now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.windsorpageant.co.uk

The Household Division
23/01/2019

The Household Division

Hope you can join us in Chapel?

A belated congratulatiions to all those involved.
22/01/2019

A belated congratulatiions to all those involved.

Big congratulations to Cliff O'Farrell and his fellow World Record breakers

Sefton the Blues and Royals horse just getting ready for his hour's duty in the sentry box. I wonder if his illustrious ...
15/01/2019

Sefton the Blues and Royals horse just getting ready for his hour's duty in the sentry box. I wonder if his illustrious predecessor had such hairy legs ?.

Jupiter, the Blues and Royals horse has just returned from his Christmas break . Which is why his coat looks brown  rath...
10/01/2019

Jupiter, the Blues and Royals horse has just returned from his Christmas break . Which is why his coat looks brown rather than black, he has just been clipped. He also seems a bit uncertain about these new 48 hour guard duties which are taking place at the moment .Check the Museum website for further details.

The Life Guards were the first new guard of 2019 . From everyone at the Museum we hope you all have a happy and peaceful...
01/01/2019

The Life Guards were the first new guard of 2019 . From everyone at the Museum we hope you all have a happy and peaceful 2019.

Although the festive season is almost over , some are still in a party mood. Due to the New Year's Eve fireworks the Mus...
31/12/2018

Although the festive season is almost over , some are still in a party mood. Due to the New Year's Eve fireworks the Museum will be closed from 13.00 today, we look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

The Army in London - HQ London District
31/12/2018

The Army in London - HQ London District

Pic Picks of the Year 2018
As we reach the end of 2018 here's my review of the year in pictures. One image from each month showing the Army in London and a fraction of the range of activities we've been privileged to cover. It was a tough choice of what to include and what to leave out, but here's my choice of pictures for 2018. I hope you like them and that they show just how versatile today's soldiers are. Tomorrow you'll see another member of the team's selection. Do you have a favourite image from 2018? Why not let us know?

Although the the New Year's leave is about start there is always some more polishing to do before you go.
27/12/2018

Although the the New Year's leave is about start there is always some more polishing to do before you go.

Hagrid being prepared for the Guard Change. Requiring two guards to put his saddle on due to him being ticklish round th...
19/12/2018

Hagrid being prepared for the Guard Change. Requiring two guards to put his saddle on due to him being ticklish round the stomach!

After a slight problem with his shoe Fortress the Life Guard horse was feeling much better following a visit from the Fa...
12/12/2018

After a slight problem with his shoe Fortress the Life Guard horse was feeling much better following a visit from the Farrier.

In the end it always comes down to lots of hard work and even more polishing.
11/12/2018

In the end it always comes down to lots of hard work and even more polishing.

Congratulations to all .
11/12/2018

Congratulations to all .

Christmas came early for the The Household Cavalry Gheluvelt Kit Ride, who after many months of arduous training to become members of Her Majesty’s Mounted Bodyguard, passed out with flying colours in front of friends and family at Hyde Park Barracks. The Troopers who have already undergone training in the Cavalry’s Armoured operational role, will now look to take up ceremonial duties at Horse Guards where only the best of the best have the privilege of mounting the daily Queen’s Life Guard in the boxes outside. With such public responsibilities, standards are set very high, and no fault is overlooked. The inspection was carried out by Lieutenant Colonel(Retd.) Harry Scott, The Household Cavalry Regimental Adjutant, whose operational and ceremonial experience and insistence on excellence in all things at all times is legendary. Despite the grey weather, spirits were high, and all parts of the parade went smoothly for both soldiers and horses. Congratulations everyone, we look forward to seeing you on duty over Christmas!

It was lovely to welcome these potential troopers to the museum and we hope they enjoyed the guided tour by our voluntee...
06/12/2018

It was lovely to welcome these potential troopers to the museum and we hope they enjoyed the guided tour by our volunteer Ian .

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail" is a warning the young men and women who visited the Household Cavalry at Horse Guards today need never fear they'll hear. They were part of an official visit to find out more about life in the Army, and particularly the dual role of the Cavalry, prior to putting in their applications to become part of our future armed forces. The potential Troopers of tomorrow watched the Changing of the Queen's Life Guard then showed off their fitness moves on Horse Guards Parade, impressing the cavalrymen that took the tour. They were all students at The Motivational Preparation College for Training in Battersea, which inspires 16-23 year olds to develop their fitness, achieve qualifications and skills for future employment and offers all those whose dream is to join the military, the skills and confidence they need to get through the selection process. Well done everyone for setting such a high standard and preparing to succeed!

Changing the horses on the hour allows them to have a quick feed before resuming their duties, and gives the troopers ti...
05/12/2018

Changing the horses on the hour allows them to have a quick feed before resuming their duties, and gives the troopers time for a cup of tea and a text or three.

The Household Cavalry
04/12/2018

The Household Cavalry

Nothing says “Christmas season” like a fancy dress aerobics session!

Despite a heavy downpour, soldiers from the Mounted Regiment gave a fantastic effort during this session, both physically and in their choice of attire! 💪🦖🐴🎄

#TrustedGuardians #FancyDress #Aerobics

It's almost Christmas but these star quarter markings on one of our Household Cavalry horses are all natural, he must ju...
03/12/2018

It's almost Christmas but these star quarter markings on one of our Household Cavalry horses are all natural, he must just be feeling festive!.

The centenary of the end of the First World war gives us time to remember and reflect on all those who have served or sa...
11/11/2018

The centenary of the end of the First World war gives us time to remember and reflect on all those who have served or sacrificed their lives for others .

The dictionary, pocket book and cigarette case belonged to Corporal of Horse Buckby of The Blues. He narrowly escaped death twice on the same day.
He was hit by a sniper's bullet in the left breast pocket on May 13th 1915 at Frezenberg Ridge. The bullet lodged in the last few pages of his French dictionary and saved his life.

Not all of the Household Cavalry were so lucky.

In Flanders Field
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

If your in the city this morning make sure you catch the Household Cavalry and the Household Cavalry band taking part in...
10/11/2018

If your in the city this morning make sure you catch the Household Cavalry and the Household Cavalry band taking part in the Lord Mayors Show.

As we start the most important weekend of the year, the band are prepared for a suitably busy couple of days.

Today we will be providing a mounted band for the annual Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London . Live broadcast will commence on BBC One at 10:45am.

Watch on here and on our Twitter profile (@BandHCav) for updates throughout the day

Also, the State Trumpeters will be at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance. This will be broadcast at 8:30pm, again on BBC One.

Tomorrow, we will lead the The Household Cavalry Regiment marching to a Remembrance Service in Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Windsor.

Corps of Army Music
The Household Division

#Remembrance2018
#RemembranceDay2018

The Army in London - HQ London District
07/11/2018

The Army in London - HQ London District

One of the jobs in greatest demand a century ago in Flanders Fields was that of the Army Farrier. The British Army had 460,000 horses. All the horses had to be shod and the frontline forges were never silent. Horses were expected to march long distances during wartime, sometimes up to 40 miles (64km) per day. Iron horseshoes wore out quickly, and usually had to be replaced every month.Though many skills changed and developed rapidly through the course of the war this military job is no different today. Army farriers are arguably our closest link to those who served from 1914-18.

Now there are fewer than 30 Army farriers currently serving across the whole of the Army though their role is a vital one. They are responsible for every ceremonial horse in London, as well as those in training at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. Highly skilled professionals, once selected, these soldiers do a four year apprenticeship before gaining their final award by the Worshipful Company of Farriers. 15% of the 2,000 farriers in the UK gained their skills in the British Army.
More than just a blacksmith, they know the intricate details of the horses’ anatomy, below the knee and deal in all below-knee ailments.

Keeping skills to world class standards, the Army School of Farriery at the Defence Animal Training Regiment has just hosted the Army Farrier Competition. This prestigious competition is open to all serving and ex serving Farriers and contested by top international competition farriers. Each class is judged on five different elements: the trim and preparation of the horses’ foot, the making of the shoe, the fit of the shoe on the horse, the nailing and finishing, and the ‘specimen’ which is a second shoe made to specific measurements.
This year’s Military Roadster class was won by Lance Bombardier Jordon Priestley DipWCF with Bombardier Connor Morrison DipWCF in second place - both Farriers from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Bombardier Morrison took the prize for the best Specimen Shoe. Lance Bombardier Priestley was also named the top Military Farrier in the Open Hunter class scoring a rare 9 out of 10 for the preparation and trim of his horse’s foot. This was an incredibly competitive class with only a couple of points separating over 20 competitors.

Two very well behaved Blues and Royals horses eager for their hour duty.
06/11/2018

Two very well behaved Blues and Royals horses eager for their hour duty.

The Household Cavalry
06/11/2018

The Household Cavalry

During Exercise SAIF SAREEA 3 soldiers from the armoured regiment have been exposed to some amazing breathtaking views and sunsets 🌅

#TrustedGuardians #Oman #Sunsets #SaifSereea3

Vicker Machine Gun with tripod c.1914-1918 , used by the First Life Guards in the final battles of the the First World W...
30/10/2018

Vicker Machine Gun with tripod c.1914-1918 , used by the First Life Guards in the final battles of the the First World War. The Vickers gun had a reputation as a highly reliable weapon, capable of firing over 600 rounds per minute and having a range of 4,500 yards.

The Army in London - HQ London District
28/10/2018

The Army in London - HQ London District

Please be aware that FAKE poppy merchandise is being sold.

Support the Armed Forces community with Royal British Legion, not criminals & #buyreal poppy merchandise.

See advice from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) here: http://socsi.in/gXzj2 & report sellers of fakes to Crimestoppers: http://socsi.in/qG4dA

Four images from the cricket score book of the Household Cavalry, on display in the Museum in London . Illustrated with ...
27/10/2018

Four images from the cricket score book of the Household Cavalry, on display in the Museum in London . Illustrated with with cartoon sketches and rare early photographs of the Regiment, the score book covers the period from 1850-1867.

Today's #StateVisit for the King and Queen of the #Netherlands went without a hitch- well done all involved! Discover wh...
23/10/2018
Horse Guards from around the world

Today's #StateVisit for the King and Queen of the #Netherlands went without a hitch- well done all involved!

Discover what it takes to be a Mounted Body Guard & which country in the world does it best at our #late for @MuseumsAtNight this Thursday- drinks included! 🐴🍷🍻

#MuseumsAtNight @Culture24 #HorseGuardsParade bit.ly/2IK9HyF

Getting ready for the Guard of Honour.
23/10/2018

Getting ready for the Guard of Honour.

Due to the state visit of the Dutch Royal Family on Horse Guards Parade this morning, the Household Cavalry Museum will ...
23/10/2018

Due to the state visit of the Dutch Royal Family on Horse Guards Parade this morning, the Household Cavalry Museum will be closed until 1pm this afternoon and the Changing of the Guard will be delayed until 4pm this afternoon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

22/10/2018
The Army in London - HQ London District

The Army in London - HQ London District

The State visit of the Netherlands will take place in the nation's capital next week. To ensure London's troops are prepared for the magnificent occasion they were put through a rigorous rehearsal in the early hours.
Attention to every detail, precision drill and a commitment to being world class was on the soldiers' agenda.

#worldclass

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Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
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SW1A 2AX

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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