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If you walk up Knightsbridge towards Kensington Palace and stop opposite the Bulgari store, the sweet smell of hay and horses wafts over a neighbouring wall. You aren’t imagining it – you’re near the gates of the British Army’s most unusual regiment. This is Hyde Park Barracks, home to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Even if you don’t know their name, you’ve seen the cavalry if you’ve ever walked down Whitehall. They’re the chaps sitting on horseback in the sentry boxes outside Horse Guards Parade, while tourists snap selfies in front of them. They are men of extreme patience.