• 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Day in the life: The Household Cavalry

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Horse Guards, London, 2016
Come and meet serving soldiers and horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in this day of talks, workshops and family activities.

Programme

10am - 4pm

Meet the Household Cavalry

Meet serving soldiers from the Household Cavalry and find out why their job is known as the best of both worlds.

10am - 1pm

Behind the scenes: Saddlers, vets and uniforms

See saddlers at work. Hear how the regiment provides veterinary care for its horses. And examine items of uniform from its Full Dress store.

10am - 1pm

Defence Animal Training Regiment

Meet a member of the Defence Animal Training Regiment and learn more about their work.

10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

Hobby horses family workshop

Create your own hobby horse and gallop around the Museum.

11am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pm

Meet a 'Cavalry Black'

The horses of the Household Cavalry, known as 'Cavalry Blacks', have been guarding the Royal Family and taking part in ceremonial occasions since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.

11am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pm

Mounted historical interpreters

Come and meet a 1685 Lifeguard and an 1815 Royal Dragoon as they highlight how their roles have changed over the centuries.

12pm - 12.30pm and 3.30pm - 4pm

Band of the Household Cavalry

Join the woodwind quintet from the Army’s largest symphonic wind band for music in the Atrium.

12pm - 4pm

Farrier demonstration

Watch a live farrier demonstration, showing how the regiment looks after its horses’ feet.

11am - 12pm and 1pm - 2.30pm

Meet a Drum Horse

The Drum Horses of the Household Cavalry take part in ceremonial occasions carrying two solid silver kettle drums. They hold the rank of major, making them the most senior animals in the Army.

2.30pm - 3.30pm

From Mounted to Mechanised

Curators from the Household Cavalry Museum and Archive will give a talk on the regiment’s service from the 1660s to the present day.

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