You've seen the Changing of the Guard, now look behind the scenes at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational roles of the Household Cavalry. Watch troopers working with their horses in the original 18th century stables and browse a collection representing over 300 years of military history.
The Changing of the Queen's Life Guard takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade at 11am. The daily inspection takes place at 4pm.
(On Sundays the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard takes place at 10am.)
About The Household Cavalry
The HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. Through a large glazed partition you can see troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables.
The experience comes alive with compelling personal stories, first hand accounts of the troopers' rigorous and demanding training, interactive displays and stunning rare objects – many on public display for the first time.
The HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM sits within Horse Guards in Whitehall, central London, one of the city’s most historic buildings. Dating from 1750, it is still the headquarters of the Household Division, in which the Household Cavalry has performed the Queen’s Life Guard in a daily ceremony that has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II and now consists of the two senior regiments of the British Army – The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.
The Household Cavalry has two roles: as a mounted regiment (on horseback), they guard Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK and are a key part of the Royal pageantry; as an operational regiment they serve around the world in armoured fighting vehicles. The Household Cavalry currently has units deployed on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their fighting capacity is matched by their strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.
*Please note that the Household Cavalry Museum have planned closures and restrictions for sightseeing, and they thank you in advance for your understanding whilst special services and events are conducted. Please view the Household Cavalry planned closures and sightseeing restrictions here before you select your sightseeing date prior to checkout.