A visit to the London Museum is complimented daily by colourful sentry changes on the hour and set piece guard changes at 11am (10am Sundays) The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard and at 4pm The Garrison Inspection. These ceremonial guard duties show unique British pageantry at its best.
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Over the centuries we have amassed an outstanding collection of rare and unique treasures from ceremonial uniforms, royal standards and gallantry awards to musical instruments, horse furniture and silverware by Fabergé. Each exhibit has its own compelling story to tell and many are on display for the very first time.
You can see 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.
Much of the collection has resulted from the close association that has existed between the Household Cavalry and Royalty. We have, after all, protected successive kings and queens from rebels, rioters and assassins for nearly 350 years.
Visitors can gain a unique behind-the-scenes look at our working stables through a large glazed partition. All the horses here are on duty and at different times of the day you will see something going on – you might see the horses being brought in, groomed, fed and watered, their hooves oiled and shoes checked, their saddles adjusted ready to go on guard or just see the stables themselves being cleared or washed down.
Both our horses and riders go through a rigorous and demanding training. In the museum display, you will hear first hand accounts of what this training is like and the techniques our soldiers use to master their horses and complete the gruelling preparations for regimental inspections.
Discover the Household Cavalry Museum
10am – 6pm, April to October / 10am – 5pm, November to March / Last admission 45 minutes before closing.