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Lifeguards Household Cavalry prepare for diamond jubilee, Olympics

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The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) exercise their horses at first light in Hyde Park on March 28, 2012 in London, England.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) is preparing for ceremonial duties during celebrations to mark HM Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee in June, 2012. The mounted regiment will provide a Sovereign's Escort from Parliament to Buckingham Palace. This will involve 116 men and horses riding fore and aft of the carriage carrying the Sovereign. In addition, the State Trumpeters of the Household Cavalry will be playing fanfares in St. Paul's Cathedral during the Jubilee Service and the double mounted band (53 musicians and horses) of the Household Cavalry will be marching the processional route in advance of the Escort. 

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A member of the Household Cavalry washes down his horse as they prepare for the Major General's inspection and the state celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.

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Members of the Lifeguards Household Cavalry perform morning stable duties as they prepare for the Major General's inspection and the state celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.

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Corporal McCabe, a farrier with the mounted regiments of the Household Cavalry, shapes a horse's shoe, during a media day at the barracks in London.

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A farrier of the Household Cavalry places a horse shoe at Hyde Park Barracks in London, Britain.

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A State Trumpeter of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment arrives at the Hyde Park Barracks in London March 28, 2012.

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Riding boots and a ceremonial sword await cleaning at The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Hyde Park Barracks.

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Members of the Lifeguards Household Cavalry prepare for the Major General's inspection and the state celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee.

The Household Cavalry and King's Troop at the first full rehearsal for Trooping the Colour 2010 (The Major General's Review).

The mounted bands of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals lead the Household Cavalry down The Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade where the salute was taken by Maj. Gen. W G Cubitt CBE, Major General Commanding the Household Division.

The video also shows The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery [02:43] returning down The Mall to Green Park where, on the Queen's official birthday, they fire a gun salute. The troop dates from 1946 when King George VI decided that a horse troop should be retained for ceremonial duties.

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