Pro­ces­sion drills en­sure mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion on day

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TROOPS had a dry run of the wed­ding pro­ces­sion yes­ter­day to pre­pare for their roles on the big day.

A car­riage was pulled along the route by Wind­sor grey horses, although it was not the one that Harry and Meghan will ride in.

It trav­elled from St Ge­orge’s Chapel past shops and houses be­fore re­turn­ing to Wind­sor Cas­tle along the Long Walk.

Some 250 mem­bers of the armed forces will take part, from reg­i­ments for­mer Blues and Royals Cap­tain Harry has a close re­la­tion­ship with.

Mem­bers of the House­hold Cav­alry, Harry’s for­mer reg­i­ment, will form the Cap­tain’s Es­cort for the cou­ple’s As­cot Lan­dau car­riage, and they could be seen prac­tis­ing yes­ter­day. The Cav­alry, famed for their plumed hel­mets, left, will also be lin­ing the steps of St Ge­orge’s Chapel when the bride and groom ar­rive and de­part.

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the House­hold Cav­alry, Lieu­tenant Colonel James Gase­lee, has said: “It is re­ally im­por­tant for us (to be in­volved) be­cause he served with us at Wind­sor, and he still wears our uni­form on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

Per­son­nel from the Royal Marines, 3 Reg­i­ment Army Air Corps, Royal Navy Small Ships and Div­ing, the Royal Gurkha Ri­fles, the 1st Bat­tal­ion Ir­ish Guards and RAF Hon­ing­ton will also be tak­ing part. Armed po­lice have also been pa­trolling Wind­sor as part of the tight-knit se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion.

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