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TIL XMAS 2017 Final

This Is London Christmas 2017

20 THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY

20 THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM The Household Cavalry Museum in Whitehall holds the history of some of London’s most well-known and recognisable soldiers, the Queen’s Life Guard and the Blues and Royals. Known by the distinctive red and white plumes on their helmets, they stand guard both on foot and horseback in Whitehall and at St James’s Palace. Formed in 1660 by King Charles II, the Household Cavalry has served both on and off the battlefield, always accompanied by their horses. Originally composed of three regiments, the Life Guards, the Royal Horse Guards or ‘The Blues,’ and the Royal Dragoons or ‘The Royals’, the soldiers’ purpose was to act as a bodyguard for the King and preserve the peace. In 1969, the Royal Horse Guards and Royal Dragoons combined to form the Blues and Royals, meaning that the Household Cavalry now consists of two regiments. Museum visitors should arrive early to attend the daily changing of the guard at 11.00. Part way through the ceremony, go back inside the museum and watch the horses being brought back into the stables. This perspective offers a close up look at the horses and soldiers dressed in full uniform and is only available to museum visitors. It offers a chance to have a behind the scenes look at what takes place in the stables of the Household Cavalry. The museum is home to military history and artifacts from wars spanning 300 years. Highlights include the Zetland Trophy, a solid silver trophy from 1874 that cost £1000 at the time and takes several soldiers to lift; memorabilia from the Battle of Waterloo, including a replica of the captured silver eagle and the Earl of Uxbridge’s prosthetic leg; and a look at drums played by members of the Household Cavalry bands. Visitors also have a chance to try on the uniforms before leaving the museum, but beware... they are surprisingly heavy! This year is special as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Museum opening. Make sure to look at the book signed by Her Majesty the Queen, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. For more information, telephone 020 7930 3070. The Household Cavalry Museum is situated in Whitehall, opposite St. James’s Park. Emma Skahill FESTIVE POP UP AT KING’S CROSS This Christmas, visitors can head to King’s Cross to eat, drink, shop and be merry, alongside a backdrop of festive lights, carols and a very special alternative Christmas tree. The King’s Cross tree is always a showstopper and this year is no different. ‘Does The Iterative Fit’, a new artwork by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, is a chaos of shapes, colours and lights, with an alternative Christmas soundtrack to boot. The tree is the latest commission for The King’s Cross Project, curated by Tamsin Dillon and Rebecca Heald. A festive pop-up space is in full swing at N1C featuring DJ’s, cocktails, mulled wine, a Christmas Makers Boutique and more. Other festive diary essentials include the Illustrator’s Christmas Fair, the School of Life’s Alternative Christmas Carol Concert, as well as Dishoom’s Christmas Carols and a Christmas themed Canopy Market. King’s Cross Musician in Residence, Dame Evelyn Glennie, will be performing the world premiere of a new composition inspired by the sights and sounds captured by the local community during the past year. Finally, if you are looking to see in the New Year in lavish style, head to Spiritland for a night of indulgent dining, drinking and dancing, featuring a special menu and top DJs. www.kingscross.co.uk t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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