Platinum Jubilee

Household Cavalry prepares for centre stage at Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The British Army's Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is preparing to be centre stage at Trooping the Colour and the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Inside their Hyde Park Barracks is a whole world dedicated to military horses and ceremonial duties. 

The Household Cavalry consists of two regiments – the Life Guards and Blues and Royals.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has 235 Cavalry Black horses and 14 greys.

They come from across Ireland and must be 16 hands 2 inches high, with good strong legs – they must carry a rider wearing 44kg of kit.

Trooper Louis Anderson, 1 Troop, Life Guards, told Forces News: "I just enjoy that this is a very unique job, especially in any equine world, this is completely unique.

"You don't have this many horses in any other job around the world."

Hyde Park Barracks has everything from vets to farriers to look after the horses. 

The team of farriers make bespoke shoes for each hoof.