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Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Household Cavalry Museum

Household Cavalry Museum

Household Cavalry Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum is the museum of the Household Cavalry. Visitors can view the Household Cavalry horses in their 18th-century working stables. The museum focuses on the training and history of the regiment.

The afternoon inspection of the guards and horses happens daily at 4 pm. This routine began in 1894 when Queen Victoria found the guards drinking and gambling in the afternoon instead of tending to their duty. She proclaimed that they would be punished by a Four ‘O’ Clock inspection daily for the next 100 years. This proclamation and punishment officially expired in 1994, but Queen Elizabeth II chose to continue the inspection parade out of respect for tradition.

Highlights of the Household Cavalry Museum

  • Horse Guards Clock
  • Ceremonial Uniforms
  • Cavalry Regalia

Household Cavalry Museum

  • Museum:      Household Cavalry Museum
  • City:              London
  • Country:       United Kingdom
  • Type:             Military Museum
  • Location:      Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

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“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
– Bertrand Russell

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Photo Credit: JOM

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