The Daily Telegraph

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment


Apollo, the Drum Horse, will be ridden by L/cpl Chris Diggle, following the Sovereign’s Escort as part of the procession. The horse, who joined the Household Cavalry in late 2020, carries the rank of Major and as such is senior to all other animals of rank in the Army. He will be paraded just two years after he enlisted, despite training for this role usually taking about three years.

Drum Horses belong to the Sovereign and permission­s must be sought from the monarch for their tails and mane to be clipped. He has been described by the Ministry of Defence as a curious animal who loves attention. It said that although he stands at over 17 hands (1.73 metres) and weighs nearly 800kg, he is “a big friendly giant”. The Queen’s love of horses was well known so it was natural that one would ride in the procession. John Warren, who was her bloodstock and racing adviser, revealed that Her Majesty had been discussing “her love for her horses right to the very end”.

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