Prince Edward in bowler hat for Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association 98th Annual Parade and Service 080522 CREDIT MOD.
Prince Edward wore a traditional bowler hat for the annual parade and service (Picture: MOD).
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Prince Edward takes salute at Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association parade

The Earl of Wessex honoured the fallen at the annual parade and service, held in person for the first time since 2019.

Prince Edward in bowler hat for Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association 98th Annual Parade and Service 080522 CREDIT MOD.
Prince Edward wore a traditional bowler hat for the annual parade and service (Picture: MOD).

The Earl of Wessex donned a bowler hat as he attended a parade and memorial service honouring members of the Cavalary and Yeomanry who fell in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.

Prince Edward, Royal Honorary Colonel of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, took the salute on Sunday at the annual parade and service of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association.

The event, which was conducted virtually the last two years due to the pandemic, was held at the Cavalry Memorial in Hyde Park, London, 98 years on from its unveiling.

Members of the Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association wore traditional 'walking out' dress of bowler hats, suits, regimental ties, carrying furled umbrellas, even if it rains. 

The hats are worn as they were originally designed to be worn by horse riders as a form of protection from low-lying branches.

The umbrellas are carried not to protect the association members from bad weather, but solely for the protection of others, hence why they are not opened.

British Army band at Combined Cavalry Old Comrades Association 98th Annual Parade and Service 080522 CREDIT MOD
British Army bands in ceremonial uniform performed at the event (Picture: MOD).

Serving and former personnel of all regiments of the Regular Cavalry and Yeomanry alongside Cavalry and Yeomanry members of the Army Cadet Force were part of the commemorations.

British Army bands in ceremonial uniform also took part.

Up to 3,000 serving and former Cavalrymen attended the event with their families and other visitors.