Coach Excursion to the Household Cavalry Museum, Windsor
May 2019

We felt an honoured party when we visited the home of the Queen’s official bodyguard, the Household Cavalry, in Windsor, particularly as they will shortly be waving farewell to their Windsor base after 200 years.

The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, serving at home and abroad, in armoured reconnaissance as well as ceremonial duties. Our museum tour enlightened us about the regiments’ illustrious history, dating back to 1660 and its formation during the English Civil War. They fought at Waterloo, in the charge of the Heavy Brigade in the Crimea, as the Heavy Camel Brigade in Egypt, as an armoured car regiment in the Second World War and on donkeys in Cyprus. More recently their active service has been in Northern Ireland, in the Falklands, the Gulf wars and Afghanistan.

Our guides entertained us with many stories of gallantry and bravery.

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We made friends with some of the beautiful Cavalry Black horses, visited the farrier, ...

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...the armoured vehicle park, ...

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...enjoyed lunch with the troops and relaxed in the NCOs' mess with a glass of wine!

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We think these pictures tell the story of an excellent day out.