Daily Ceremonies at Horse Guards
Combine your visit to the Household Cavalry Museum with one of the daily parades below.
Changing of The King's Life Guard
Watch the ceremony on Horse Guards Parade...
The King’s Life Guard is conducted by soldiers of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Horse Guards.
Horse Guards is named after the troops who have mounted The King’s Life Guard here since the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660.
What: Changing of the King’s Life Guard
When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am
Please note there is no guard change on a weekend currently.
Whatever the season or weather, members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ride down from Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge to take over guard duties.
4 o'clock Inspection
Watch the daily inspection...
At 4pm every day there is a short parade in the court yard of Horse Guards known as ‘the four o’clock inspection’.
The duty officer inspects the Guard to ensure that they are well turned out and on duty, a tradition that dates back to Victorian times.
The public can watch this parade for free and combine it with a visit to the museum where you will usually see the soldiers feed the horses through the glass viewing window.
Horsey Half Term this October 2023!
Join in the fun this half term...
Horses are at the heart of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Historically they remain at the heart of historic pageantry which captures the imagination of so many visitors to the capital.
Learn about the Horses of the Household Cavalry whilst making a Cavalry Black horse of your own to take home with you in our fun craft activities!
Pre booking advised but not essential.
NOW ON DISPLAY - Ripley - The Household Cavalry
The Household Cavalry Museum is pleased to be showcasing the work of British photographic artist, Ripley, now on display in the Museum.
The twelve portraits will be on rotation throughout 2023/2024 and a new portrait will be on display every month from this stunning collection.
Ripley, created twelve large-scale portraits of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
The imagery features soldiers from The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals mounted on their horses and posed on buildings throughout London, overlooking the capital from Trafalgar Square to Canary Wharf.
A boxed-set of the twelve portraits were the official Coronation present from the Household Cavalry to His Majesty King Charles III. This was presented by Ripley and senior officers from the Household Cavalry to King Charles III at Buckingham Palace on the 15th of June 2023.
Ripley works with high resolution digital composite photograph in combination with extensive work in post-production to create large scale pieces.
Ripley is donating up to 50% of the profits from the upcoming exhibitions, events and private views to the Household Cavalry Foundation. It’s ‘Duty of Care’ includes operational casualties, veterans, serving soldiers and their dependents, as well as the Household Cavalry’s four centuries of heritage and the welfare of their horses.
Visit the museum to see a Ripley portrait on display
A great museum showing the Household Cavalry's roles in British history. My little one loved dressing up and drawing a picture for the queen. You can also see straight into the main stables where the horses and guards prepare for guard duties.
Google review, 2022
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The Museum looks forward to your support. As well as preserving over 350 years of heritage, profits from the Museum contribute to the Household Cavalry Foundation each year and go towards supporting Household Cavalrymen past and present.