The Major General’s annual inspection of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is the ultimate test for the British Army’s most spectacular and exacting ceremonial unit.
It’s a test they must pass in order to participate in upcoming State Ceremonial duties and, for the first time since 2019, that will include the honour of taking part in this year’s refined Queen’s Birthday Parade.
With the eyes of the world constantly on them, a searing annual quality control check is a challenging but welcome validation for these military perfectionists.
Around 170 horses and personnel of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment left Knightsbridge Barracks and headed to the “Football Pitch” area of Hyde Park to form up and be inspected by the General Officer Commanding the Household Division.
A rigorous inspection of horsemanship, turnout and State Ceremonial uniform was made by Major General Chris Ghika, the General Officer Commanding London District and Commanding Officer of the Household Division.
The iconic image of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment escorting the Sovereign represents the best of British Pagentry to the world so there was no room for compromise, nothing short of excellence would do.
Troopers had prepared for weeks to perfect their skills, poise and appearance; hours of polishing and minute attention to detail had been invested in ensuring horses, swords and breastplates dazzled as their mirror surfaces reflected the light.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are a regular sight at Trooping of the Colour where they perform the Sovereign’s Escort, protecting Her Majesty on her journey from Buckingham Palace to inspect the parade of Foot Guards on Horse Guards Parade. COVID-19 curtailed that duty last year, and although restrictions mean the parade cannot take place on Horse Guards again this year, test passed, the Cavalry now have the honour of taking part in the refined parade at Windsor Castle on 12th June.
The regiment demonstrated the main elements of the major State Ceremonial parades that they will conduct throughout the coming season.