29 June 2017
Cadets from Watton Troop spent a day at Knightsbridge Barracks with their affiliated regular Army unit, The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, or HCMR for short.
It was the Regiment’s annual cadet day, open all cadet units badged with them. They were shown round the ceremonial kit room and saw various ceremonial uniforms, including one belonging to His Royal Highness Prince William.
They visited the Farriers workshop where they saw the variety of shoes made for the horses and had the role and career path of a Farrier was explained to them. The saw the saddlery and all the different bits of head gear that the horses have to wear and how it was all cared for.
The highlight of the barrack tour was a visit to the stables of the Blues and Royals where they had the chance to meet some of the horses, including the ‘gentle Giants’ the Drum Horses of both the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards.
Following lunch it was ‘cam up’ time and after being split into teams they took part in a ‘Gun Run’ competition with the other cadets there, even lending another team three cadets to make up their numbers, so that they could take part.
After that it was time to load up the mini buses and head for home but whilst doing so they managed to catch a view of Her Majesty The Queen and her escorts as they drove past the barracks.
Watton Senior Cadet, Corporal of Horse Wells, was unable to take part in this years visit but posted this letter.
“It is an honour to be invited to Knightsbridge each year for their cadet day and I was devastated that I was unable to attend. However, I couldn’t be more proud of the detachment, they operated as a team throughout, especially in the Regimental knowledge quiz and the ‘Gun Run’ where they showed great sportsmanship by loaning three cadets to another team. This event unites all cadets badged to the HCMR and you get a close up and personal tour of the barracks. To round off a fantastic day they saw the Queens motorcade go past just as they were about to leave. Well done Watton, sorry I couldn’t be with you”. COH Wells.