Imagine falling of your horse while parading infront of the Queen of England! Mark Duell for MailOnline reports how a trumpeter fell of his magnificant mount…
In one of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s most important days of the year, it is inspected ahead of the ceremonial season.
So spare a thought for this trumpeter who dramatically fell off his horse as the regiment paraded in London’s Hyde Park today.
They were undergoing an annual inspection in the capital to confirm their ability to conduct state ceremonial duties for the year.
Some 160 horses were paraded this morning, accompanied by the mounted Band of the Life Guards and Band of the Blues and Royals.
They were inspected by the Major General, following rehearsals in recent days that saw the regiment practise traditional formations.
The highlight of the ceremonial season is the Queen’s Birthday Parade – also known as Trooping the Colour – held on a Saturday in June.
The regiment has existed since 1660 and been based at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge for two centuries after moving there in 1795.
It carries out reconnaissance duties in Afghanistan – and, as the Queen’s Life Guard, mounts a daily guard on Horse Guards Parade.