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Household Cavalry Museum

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A living museum in the heart of London, the Household Cavalry Museum gives an insight into the regiment that guards the Queen on ceremonial occasions and is also involved in active military service around the world.

The Household Cavalry building is home to 18th Century stables. Visitors have the opportunity to see real Household Cavalry soldiers go about their daily duties.

The multimedia tour offers compelling interviews and personal accounts of their rigorous training as an operational regiment. An extensive collection of Royal and military treasures from the British Civil War to the modern day is on display. Visitors can also try on the Household Cavalry's military uniforms including ceremonial headpieces. 

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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. They have two roles: firstly, as a mounted regiment (on horseback), guarding Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK and are a key part of the Royal pageantry. Secondly as an operational regiment they serve around the world in armoured fighting vehicles. Alongside their fighting capacity, they have a strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.


Historic Setting:

The Household Cavalry Museum sits within the Horse Guards complex in Whitehall, central London, and is 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 troopers and horses perform a daily ceremony that has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.
 


Collections:

Over the centuries they 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 Jack 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. They 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 this incredible Royal 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 horses and riders go through a rigorous and demanding training. In the Museum's interactive and multimedia presentations, you will hear first hand accounts of what this training is like and the techniques the soldiers use to master their horses and complete the gruelling preparations for regimental inspections.