The Household Cavalry Museum sits within Horse Guards in Whitehall, central London, one of the city’s most historic buildings. Dating from 1750, it is still the headquarters of the Household Division, in which the Household Cavalry has performed the Queen’s Life Guard in a daily ceremony that has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.
The Household Cavalry:
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II and now consists of the two senior regiments of the British Army – The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. We have two roles: as a mounted regiment (on horseback), we guard Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK and are a key part of the Royal pageantry; as an operational regiment we serve around the world in armoured fighting vehicles. We currently have units deployed on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our fighting capacity is matched by our strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.
Over the centuries we have amassed an outstanding collection of rare and unique treasures from ceremonial uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards to musical instruments, horse furniture and silverware by Fabergé. Each exhibit has its own compelling story to tell and many are on display for the very first time. You can see two silver kettledrums given to the regiment in 1831 by William IV; the pistol ball that wounded Sir Robert Hill at Waterloo and the cork leg which belonged to the first Marquess of Anglesy, who, as the Earl of Uxbridge, lost his real one at Waterloo. Modern additions to the collection include Jacky Charlton’s football cap – he did his national service with the regiment and Sefton’s bridle – the horse that was injured in the 1982 Hyde Park bombings. Much of the collection has resulted from the close association that has existed between the Household Cavalry and Royalty. We have, after all, protected successive kings and queens from rebels, rioters and assassins for nearly 350 years.
Working Stable Block:
Visitors can gain a unique behind-the-scenes look at our working stable block. All the horses here are on duty and at different times of the day you will see something going on - you might see the horses being brought in, groomed, fed and watered, their hooves oiled and shoes checked, their saddles adjusted ready to go on guard or just see the stables themselves being cleaned. Both our horses and riders go through a rigorous and demanding training. In the Museum's many interactive and multimedia presentations, you will hear first hand accounts of what this training is like and the techniques our soldiers use to master their horses and complete the gruelling preparations for regimental inspections.
Mar - Sep:
10.00 - 18.00
Oct - Feb:
10.00 - 17.00
24 - 25 Dec & Good Friday
Sunday April 13th Closed all day London Marathon
Friday April 18th Closed all day Good Friday
Monday May 19th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal
Wednesday May 21st 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal
Thursday May 22nd 1pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade
Friday May 23rd 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal
Monday May 26th 1pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade
Tuesday May 27th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal
Wednesday May 28th 2pm - 6pm Household Cavalry Standards Parade
Thursday May 29th 1pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade Rehearsal
Saturday May 31st 1pm - 6pm Major General’s Review
Monday June 2nd 1pm - 6pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal
Tuesday June 3rd 1pm - 4pm State Opening/Beating Retreat Rehearsal
Wednesday June 4th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal
Saturday June 7th 1pm - 6pm Colonel’s Review
Monday June 9th 10 am - 1pm Beating Retreat Rehearsal
Wednesday June 11th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Security Sweep
Thursday June 12th 10am - 4pm Beating Retreat Security Sweep
Saturday June 14th 2pm - 6pm Queen’s Birthday Parade
Sunday July 20th Closed all day Anniversary Games
Wednesday September 10th Closed all day Horse Guards Parade Event
Saturday September 13th 10am - 3pm Horse Guards Parade Event
Sunday November 9th 1pm - 5pm Remembrance Sunday
Wednesday December 24th Closed all day Christmas Eve
Thursday December 25th Closed all day Christmas Day
Friday December 26th Closed all day Boxing Day
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