We saw these horse-drawn carriages outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. I am guessing that they were from the Royal Mews where the State vehicles are housed. These carriages are used for Royal and State occasions, State Visits, Weddings, etc.
Since 1843 the daily messenger brougham has set out from the Mews to collect and deliver post between Royal households.
To prepare them for London traffic, every day a horse-drawn Brougham carriage sets out to collect and deliver royal packages around London, including the Palace’s weekly copy of "Country Life".
Interestingly, did you know that a bolting horse almost caused a pandemonium during the royal wedding procession to Buckingham Palace?
Here's an excerpt from the Mirror.
"The newlyweds had a narrow escape when a horse bolted in front of their carriage as they left Westminster Abbey – causing panic among the royal procession.
A black horse from the Household Cavalry was spooked by the crowd, causing it to rear and crash to the ground – dismounting its rider.
Although the guard tried to restrain the horse, it was too strong and charged up Whitehall, overtaking William and Kate’s 1902 State Landau carriage.
One onlooker said: “Kate looked shocked and worried but William calmly spoke to her.”
Thankfully, no one was hurt and the horse was herded to its box."
The Horse Guards Parade at the Old Admiralty Building
"The hooves of horses!
Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird,
Can stir me as much as hooves of horses
~Will H. Ogilvi
"Look back at our struggle for freedom,
Trace our present day's strength to it's source;
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of the horse."
I can't wait to travel to England to see all this for myself. How beautiful! And I didn't know that about the royal wedding :)ReplyDelete
One day, i would love to ride a horse drawn carriage... or something within my price range... a horse drawn wagon at the farm? ;) They are so regal, aren't they? And as shocking as it sounds, I did not watch the royal wedding! And I am surprised to hear about the poor horse that was spooked by the crowd. Poor thing! I hope he was okay...ReplyDelete
Aaaaagh! I would have been scared a bit too! Horses are huge animals and no joke!ReplyDelete
great photos of historic lifeReplyDelete
Vry interesting Veronica, I'd love to go to England.Lovely images.ReplyDelete
Wow, awesome pics! And love all the interesting detail.ReplyDelete
Those horses are gorgeous. But I can imagine all those people and noises would make them want to bolt.
Have a super day!!
Those horses are GORGEOUS.ReplyDelete
Although I say that about most horses, so I'm not sure what that says about me.
How beautiful! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
On my lists of places to visit!ReplyDelete
Great photos. I've been there when I was in college, years ago... and didn't really like it. Seeing your photos, it makes me want to go there and experience everything all over again. :)
Can I just say you're a sweetie?
I appreciate all the sweet comments, and the follow also. :)
Have a great day!
I totally agree, the sound of pounding hooves makes my heart skip a beat. Wonderful pictures as usual! Happy Tuesday sweetie :)ReplyDelete
That would be a great site. Crazy that we have modern/faster transportation, but a horse carriage still looks/sounds much more of a appealing ride.ReplyDelete
Oh wow! How cool. Great shots.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures! Oh how I miss London!!!ReplyDelete
Saying him from the VB WW hop! :)
Awesome pictures! I would so love to go to England....some day.ReplyDelete
I will love to visit England soon and see these wonderful places.ReplyDelete
Great photos! And thanks for sharing all of those fun facts. I feel like I've learned something here. :)ReplyDelete
awesome. neat to learn... but still, so jealous... i would love to go thereReplyDelete