Horse Guards Parade
Tucked away in the beating heart of London, we find one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks – Horse Guards Parade. Famous for its dazzling ceremonies and remarkable uniforms, the Parade stands as a testament to the fearlessness – and style - of the British soldier. Today, the buildings house the Household Cavalry Museum, a labyrinth of unique treasures and compelling stories collected over the 350 years since the regiment was founded by the extravagant King Charles II. Whale bones, life size portraits, explosion proof pants and Female Nepalese yak hairs shed light on some of the most fascinating stories of British military history. But the Parade does not just live in the past. Mounted on glorious black horses with their breastplates glinting in the sun, the Household Cavalry still guard the Royal Residences today and stable their horses within its walls, while the regiment’s soldiers continue to protect Queen and country in global 21st century conflicts. Access All Areas is a History Hit TV Original series, going behind the scenes of some of the best history locations in Britain. In this episode, curator Alice Pearson regales some of the most weird and wonderful stories from the regiment that has been at the forefront of every major battle of the past 350 years.