The Household Cavalry Museum is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of the Household Cavalry. Their story is shown through words, memories, and collections of the men who have served in the Household Cavalry.
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The museum is located in one of London’s most historic buildings which was the formal entrance to the Royal Residences. It was built in 1750 and designed by William Kent in the Georgian style. It has been the home of the Household Cavalry for more than 100 years.
The cavalry was formed in 1661 on order of King Charles II. It consists of the two senior regiments of the British army: the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. They guard Her Majesty the Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and the UK and play a part in state ceremonials. They also serve world wide on active service in armoured fighting vehicles.
The museum has three galleries. One illustrates the dual ceremonial and operational roles of the Household Cavalry and has the original cobbled floor of the building.
The second gallery explains the history of the Household Cavalry. There are interactive displays in the galleries. A third gallery is part of the Queen’s Life Guard stables where visitors can watch horses being looked after.
The changing of the Queen’s Life Guard can be viewed up close Mon-Sat at 11am, on Sunday at 10am in front of the museum. The inspection of the Queen’s Life Guard takes place daily at 4pm.
Household Cavalry Museum
Horse Guards, Whitehall Sw1A 2AX
Nearest undergrounds are Charing Cross, Embankment, and Westminster
Tel. 020 7930 3070
Open: daily except 24-26 December, 10am-6pm March-Sept; 10am-5pm Oct-Feb
Shop; no parking
Web: Household Cavalry Museum
Photos © by Barbara Ballard