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Horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment galloped around in the fields after being “furloughed” due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Around 200 horses have swapped their London stables for the freedom of the Leicestershire countryside while ceremonial duties are no longer taking place. The horses are usually based in Hyde Park in Knightsbridge and would normally be preparing for the Trooping of the Colour next month.

Their other duties include the State Opening of Parliament, State Visits, such as when Donald Trump visited last year and Royal weddings, including Prince Harry and Meghan’s and the Queen’s Birthday Parade. But instead they have swapped the hustle and bustle of city life for a canter in the fields in the English countryside.

There are around 235 cavalry black horses, 14 greys and four drum horses which make up the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and they are all Irish Draft Cross thoroughbred. Usually they carry at least 44 kilograms of kit and ceremonial uniform, as well as the soldier riding them.

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