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The 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show gets underway today

The 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show gets underway today

Francis Batt

The 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show gets underway today
The Queen Never Misses the Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in style this week.

The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry and the Musical Drive of the King’s Troop will both take place each day from Friday until Sunday.

This classic mix of equestrian and military competition is the reason why this quintessentially English Show has a unique identity.

The King’s Troop’s appearance at Royal Windsor is the first of its season. The Musical Drive includes moves such as ‘the scissors’ where the whole troop ‘criss crosses’ at gallop, pulling six one and a half ton World War One gun finishing with the firing of the guns and the thunderous gallop out.

The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry features the beautiful and distinctive Irish Draughts - with their glossy Cavalry Black coats. The only exceptions are the Greys ridden by the trumpeters and the Coloured Drum Horse. They always raise a cheer at the gallop out.

A special display this year is the Bahrain Arab Horse Display. This display has never been seen before in the UK and will introduce the show’s audience to this stunning breed of horse. The display takes place every day of the show which starts today and continues until Sunday.

Visitors will also enjoy a static display of royal carriages at the Show. Probably the most publicly known is the 1902 State Landau, recently used to convey the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace following their wedding.

Last year the Queen, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall used it to travel from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace in her Diamond Jubilee procession.

The Band of the Irish Guards will be playing at the Showground on Saturday and Sunday.

Mixed with the new displays are some regular old favourites to entertain the expected 45,000 visitors. The Shetland Pony Grand National, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, the Coaching Marathon, the meet of hounds and The Household Cavalry best turned out trooper are all immensely popular at Royal Windsor.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone (pre-paid tickets will now be collected on the door). For pre-purchase visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.

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