- 1 Household Cavalry Museum – Let the Kids See Behind the Scenes of a Real Job!
- 2 Facts and History of the Household Cavalry Museum
- 3 What the kids can see and do
- 4 The Inside Scoop
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Household Cavalry Museum – Let the Kids See Behind the Scenes of a Real Job!
If your kids LOVE horses, you might like to take them behind the scenes to see the troopers from the Queen’s Life Guard ceremony working with the horses in the original 18th century stables. Peek through the glass to see real people doing their job of caring for, and preparing the horses for the daily ceremony – the stables are separated from the main museum by a glazed partition and nothing else.
If you visit during school holidays, there’s family activities too.
Facts and History of the Household Cavalry Museum
- 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.
- Troopers have two roles: as a mounted regiment (on horseback), they 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. They currently have units deployed on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their fighting capacity is matched by our strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.
- The Household Cavalry have protected successive kings and queens from rebels, rioters and assassins for nearly 350 years.
- The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard daily ceremony has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.
What the kids can see and do
- Take a FREE audio-visual tour on a handheld interactive touchscreen guide. It is available in 8 languages (including Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.). The touchscreen MP3 player outlines the Household Cavalry’s history and achievements with soldiers describing what it is like to serve in the regiment today on ceremonial or combat duties.
- All the horses here are on duty. Depending on the time you visit, you might see them being brought in, groomed, fed and watered, their hooves oiled and shoes checked, their saddles adjusted ready to go on guard or the stables themselves being cleared or washed down.
- Hear first hand accounts of how troopers are chosen, and what is involved in their rigorous training regime
- Watch a video explaining where the horses come from, how they are chosen, why so many of them are black and how they are cared for and trained
- Learn about the techniques our soldiers use to master their horses and complete the gruelling preparations for regimental inspections.
- Engage with interactive displays
- See the collection of rare and unique treasures (many on display for the first time) including ceremonial uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards, musical instruments, horse furniture, silverware by Fabergé, 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.
- Visit one of London’s most historic buildings, The Household Cavalry Museum sits within Horse Guards in Whitehall, dating from 1750.
- See inside an up-to-date kit of what each trooper takes into battle, highlighting the dangers they face
- Visit the shop to buy your own copy of “Nimrod – A Cavalry Black” picture book which gives a fascinating insight into the world of the Household Cavalry horse. This picture book is a perfect gift for horse lovers of all ages.
The Inside Scoop
- 10am – 6pm April to October
- 10am – 5pm November to March
- (Closed 24th -26th December 2016).
- Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
- The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am (10am Sundays). The Daily Inspection takes place at 4pm (Front Yard Whitehall).
- Adults: £7.00
- Children (aged 5-16) and Concessions: £5.00
- Family ticket (2 adults & 3 children): £18.00
- Book tickets here.
- Phone: 020 7930 3070
- Household Cavalry Museum Website
- Email (guest relations): firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearest underground stations
- Charing Cross, Westminster and Embankment
Location and Map
- Address: The Household Cavalry Museum, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX
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