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The King's Troop on parade. Pic: BFBS: British Forces News The King's Troop on parade. Pic: BFBS: British Forces News
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Army horses settle into their new home in Woolwich

By Katy Islip

General news

10 February 2012 11:30

The soldiers and horses of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery were cheered through the streets of London earlier this week as they moved to their new home.

On Monday the troop carried out its final parade from the St John’s Wood barracks that have been the unit’s home since its formation in 1947 by King George VI.

On Tuesday the troop marked its arrival at Woolwich Garrison by marching through the newly-declared Royal Borough, before officially marching into the new barracks at Napier Lines.

The stabling at the purpose-built equestrian training facility was provided by Monarch Equestrian, which built 96 stalls and 48 stables as well as external doors and specially-designed windows.

The facilities, which include accommodation, were delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in partnership with architects and builders Morgan Sindall.

Monarch Equestrian worked closely with the Morgan Sindall team to provide the new stabling blocks with features such as swinging stall dividers, handling stocks for enabling veterinary treatment, and a horse exerciser.

A company spokesman said: “Monarch Equestrian is extremely proud as a British manufacturer to be chosen to supply these stables to The King’s Troop. This is the Diamond Jubilee year and we wish the Troop well in their new home.”

To see a video about the troop's move and final parades visit www.bfbs.com/news/england/cheers-kings-troop-take-residence-54639.html