More than just your normal educational Museum, The Household Cavalry Museum allows you to interact with soldiers as they conduct their daily duties. A large glass wall looks out in to the working stables where soldiers go about caring for their horses. Guards also treat visitors to first-hand accounts of the experiences they have had working in the Household Cavalry and the training both they and the horses must go through. Although it can be described as a living museum, it also displays over 350 years of military memorabilia. Some objects on display include a pair of drums gifted by William IV in 1831, the Marquis of Anglesey’s cork leg (which he used after he lost his real leg at Waterloo) and Jack Charltons (ex-English football player) football cap who completed his national service with the Cavalry. The Museum is part of the original headquarters of the Household Division, dating back to its creation in the 1700’s. The Guards here have two roles – firstly to guard the Queen on ceremonial occasions and to partake in the Royal pageantry and secondly as an operational regiment in fighting around the world and in peace keeping operations.
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