The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment carries out final preparations for the Royal Wedding
27th April 2011
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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has now completed a string of major rehearsals in Hyde Park prior to the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in two days time.

The rehearsals included the Commander Household Cavalry's Inspection and the Major General's Review and enabled the Regiment to continue training for the big day.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment have also completed rehearsals specific to the Royal Wedding escorts, working in conjunction with The Royal Mews to practice alongside carriages replicating the ones to be used on the wedding day. In addition, the regiment has been training the horses in preparation for Friday.

Capt James Hulme said: “Past reports from such large scale national celebrations have highlighted the huge noise from the crowds, and when riding towards Westminster Abbey, we expect to have to ride through a wall of sound. Apparently it is like riding horses though the middle of a rock concert.”

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will be using around 150 "cavalry blacks" on the Royal Wedding. The horses will be a mixture of Thoroughbred and Irish Draught, all standing at over 16 hands tall.

Lt. Col Dan Hughes said: “We are almost there, just a few finishing touches to rehearse. There will be some tricky close manoeuvring required on the day, and the horses still need some more crowd work, both things that we are currently working on. The soldiers and officers have been working incredibly hard and cannot wait until their training pays off, by taking part in the event of the decade.”

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