The Riding Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery was renamed by King George VI in 1947. Following the mechanisation of the last batteries of horse drawn artillery, the King decided that a troop of horse artillery should be retained for ceremonies of state and declared that the Riding Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery would be known as 'The King's Troop'.
Today, in addition to being trained, fighting soldiers, the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery forms Her Majesty The Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery. The mounted unit drives teams of six horses that pull First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns and are responsible for firing Royal Salutes in Hyde Park and Green Park on Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions, as well as providing a gun carriage for State and Military funerals.
This exclusive behind the scenes documentary follows the King’s Troop in the build up to participation in Trooping the Colour, one of the UK’s most exciting annual State occasions, full of pageantry and oozing with ceremonial tradition. This vibrant spectacle sees 1,400 officers and men from the British Army, in ceremonial uniform, with two hundred horses, over four hundred musicians and the corps of drums, on parade to mark the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.