Soldiers from the Household Cavalry marched through Windsor today as they left the town after more than 200 years.
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Princess Anne, who went straight from the wedding to the march, had to make a quick costume change from a smart blue and yellow jacket with matching broach and hat, into the dress uniform of her position as Colonel of the Blues and Royals – which makes up the Household Cavalry with the Life Guards.
As Colonel-in-Chief, or honorary head of 23 British and Commonwealth regiments and military units, she dons the attire for notable occasions such as today’s.
More than 250 troops left Combermere Barracks, Windsor for the event called the Freedom of Entry parade, ahead of their move to Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain later this year.
Princes Anne watched the soldiers march past the Guildhall for a salute, before she addressed them and hosted a reception for their families.
The Household Cavalry is divided into a mounted division and an armoured division, with the mounted personnel’s job being to protect the Queen.
The Welsh Guards will be taking over Combermere Barracks near Windsor Castle, after they move from their current garrison in London.
The move is part of a major restructuring of the British Army.
The parade, which started at 2.30pm, included marching and mounted troops as well as the Band of the Household Cavalry.
Princess Anne had to quickly change from her royal wedding ensemble into the dress uniform of her position as Colonel of the Blues and Royals
The Household Cavalry march up the Long Walk to Windsor Castle today as they are set to leave the Berkshire town after more than 200 years
The Princess Royal attended the Freedom of Entry parade for the Household Cavalry in they move to Salisbury plain in Wiltshire later this year
The Freedom of Entry parade comprises of more than 200 troops either marching or mounted in the regiment’s goodbye to Windsor
The Household Cavalry march down Windsor High Street in the shadow of the town’s historic castle. Also today, Lady Gabriella Windsor married financier Thomas Kingston in St George’s Chapel at the castle
Armed troops from the Household Cavalry look over their left shoulder up to Princess Anne as they march past her salute today in Windsor
The Princess Royal smiles today at the parade before she addressed soldiers and hosted a reception for them and their families
Princes Anne (pictured while addressing troops today) is Colonel-in-Chief, or honorary head of 23 British and Commonwealth regiments and military units, and has to wear he traditional attire for notable occasions such as today’s
Spectators take photographs of soldiers from the Household Cavalry as they face Princess Anne for a speech to mark their departure from their barracks in Windsor
The Household Cavalry is divided into a mounted division (pictured) and an armoured division, with the mounted personnel’s job being to protect the Queen
Today’s parade, which started at 2.30pm, included marching and mounted troops as well as the Band of the Household Cavalry (pictured)
The Welsh Guards will be taking over the Household Guards at Combermere Barracks, near Windsor Castle, after they move from their current station in London
Soldiers from the Band of the Household Cavalry march through Windsor as part of the parade today, with spectators lining the streets to take pictures
A woman takes a selfie with the unaware Princess Anne as she stands by a microphone before giving a speech to the Household Cavalry
Some of the soldiers marched down the Long Walk in the grounds of Windsor Castle today, which sits less than a mile from Combermere Barracks – where they had been stationed
Councillor Andrew Johnson, the lead member for transport policy, said: ‘The regiment’s long association with the town of Windsor will not be forgotten’
Coun Johnson added: ‘But we will give a warm welcome to the Welsh Guards, who will occupy the barracks moving forward’
Hundreds of people stand on the grass on the Long Walk as they wait for the Household Cavalry to pass today. Police cycle ahead of the soldiers to pave the way
Mounted troops sit alongside foot soldiers from the Household Cavalry. The two regiments that form the Household Cavalry are the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals
The armoured regiment has been stationed at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, but the ceremonial mounted unit, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, is garrisoned at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, west London
A member of Princess Anne’s security holds open her car door as she addresses a soldier at the parade today. Behind her, spectators gather to take pictures
Three mounted soldiers lead armoured troops down Windsor High Street during the parade today as the Union Flag hangs from a surrounding building
A member of the police stands on a rooftop with binoculars as he watches over the Household Cavalry’s parade this afternoon
A bird’s-eye view shows soldiers marching while carrying their rifles. Troops in the regiment can carry a variety of weapons, such as the L115A3 Long Range Rifle
The Band of the Household Cavalry play their instruments as they march down Windsor Castle’s Long Walk during the parade this afternoon