Captain Anton Lin of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment blogs once more about preparations for the Royal Tattoo.
20 April 2011
Under yesterday’s very warm sun was the Major General’s Inspection, which went well. My division was at the back and I did notice a few fallen helmets from the forward divisions vanish under our horses as we trotted round. That often happens with so many men and horses operating together and it didn’t mar a very successful parade; sometimes it is people on the floor and that can spoil the layout more.
The trip to France was very useful and has allowed me and the Riding Master to start working on the routine. Selections for men and horses continue, though with the notable obstacle of Royal Wedding preparations to work around.
Thankfully whilst in ParisI was informed by the French Officers that they have ceremonial commitments right up until they deploy toEngland. It is reassuring to know they are experiencing a similar routine to us. Indeed this period of the year, up until the Garter Service in June, is referred to by the men as ‘Silly Season’ for how busy it can become. Maybe the French soldiers have their own word for it?
Rehearsals for the Royal Wedding are picking up, and instead of being done at Troop or Squadron level we are now practising as a Regiment. The number of riders required for the day means that we can afford very few horses going lame between now and then, so everyone is taking a lot of care when they ride.
The wedding will provide a good opportunity to see how Cornet, my charger, responds to the loud noises of crowds and bands; if he’s good I might be able to convince the riding Master that he’ll be suitable for the Musical Ride. It’s not that I mind riding another horse – but Cornet is so comfortable!