The Queen’s ceremonial regiment put on a spectacular mounted display, with lots of pomp and pageantry.
This was their debut appearance on the Isle of Wight. The Cavalry are an important part of every Trooping of the Colour, Royal Wedding and Coronation, and now you can see them up close for yourself.
To add to the excitement, it’s was their very first time performing on the Isle of Wight.
The team of 28 horses, 28 riders, 4 musicians, and 4 grooms, made the 100 mile journey from their barracks in Hyde Park to the County Showground in Northwood. Putting on be breathing taking 20-minute spectacle known as the Musical Ride.
The traditional series of manoeuvres, set to music, that dates back to 1882 – it’s precise, coordinated and breathtaking to watch. The performance is designed to demonstrate the skills used by the regiment in the days when it still fought on horseback.
The elite soldiers in baking heat where dressed exactly as they are for full state ceremonial events – in striking red uniforms, with tall, tassled helmets – but carrying lances instead of swords.
Four riders were in the traditional stable-wear, which has more flexibility than the military uniforms, and allows them to perform stunts such as laying the horses down, and then standing up on the saddles. This technique was used in battle to hide men behind the horses, and also provided a sturdy firing platform.
The display was accompanied by strident music. Along with the drum horse, which carried the silver drums that weigh a staggering 52kg. It takes the horse five years to prepare for the role.
Graham Biss, Chairman of the County Show, said:
“It’s was an honour to welcome the Household Cavalry and what a spectacle it was! It’s was also very fitting that the Queen’s regiment comes to, as Queen Victoria was our first patron.
The showground was six deep when the breathtaking performance took place.