The Household Cavalry Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living Museum
in the heart of Horse Guards, Whitehall, London.

It celebrates the history and accomplishments of The Household Cavalry offering
a unique 'behind the scenes' look at the work that goes into the ceremonial and armoured
reconnaissance role of HM The Queen's Mounted Bodyguard.


Most significant among the regiment's battle honours is the Battle of Waterloo fought on Sunday 18th June 1815 at which The Household Brigade saw distinguished action with the Union Brigade (including the Royals). Together over 2,000 cavalrymen prevented a French infantry corps of some 15,000 with flanking heavy cavalry support from punching a hole through the centre of Wellington's allied line at a critical stage in the battle. The Museum houses Waterloo related exhibits of outstanding merit, interest and rarity and the remarkable personal effects used on the day by some of those present on the battlefield. Two are shown below.

The bugle on which the Household Brigade Charge was sounded by 16 year old John Edwards - Lord Somerset's trumpet orderly of the day.

A hoof (with a lock of hair) which belonged to the Emperor Napoleon's barb charger Marengo ridden by him at Waterloo. This has been fashioned into a silvered table snuff box.
( kindly loaned by a private owner).

Audiovisual Tour

The use of this is free of charge to visitors. It is available in 8 languages (including Chinese, Russian and Portuguese available from April 1st 2015). The touchscreen MP3 player outlines the Household Cavalry's history and achievements with soldiers describing what it is like to serve in the regiment today on ceremonial or combat duties.

Nimrod - A Cavalry Black

A fascinating insight into the world of the Household Cavalry horse. This picture book is a perfect gift for horse lovers of all ages.

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Of Living Valour

The most complete and gripping account of the Battle of Waterloo drawing on extensive unpublished letters and diaries of the ordinary soldiers who fought in it.

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Uniquely British

A lavishly illustrated book following a memorable year for The Household Cavalry - The Royal Wedding (2011) and HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012).

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In the heart of Horse Guards,
Whitehall, London

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