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Household Cavalry parade marks end of era in Windsor

The Household Cavalry Regiment Image copyright RBWM
Image caption Thousands of people lined the route to watch the parade

More than 250 soldiers from The Household Cavalry Regiment have taken part in a parade through Windsor to mark their departure from the town.

The regiment is moving home to Salisbury Plain as part of a major restructuring of the British Army.

It has been based at Combermere Barracks near Windsor Castle for more than 200 years.

The parade, which included marching and mounted troops, set off from the barracks at 14:30 BST.

The Band of the Household Cavalry also took part in the parade, which passed by the Guildhall for a salute.

The Princess Royal gave an address to the troops and hosted a reception for them and their families.

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Image caption The Princess Royal addressed The Household Cavalry
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Image caption The Household Cavalry were part of the celebrations when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle

Roads through the town centre, including the Long Walk, High Street and Castle Hill, were closed but have since reopened.

The Household Cavalry is made up of the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards.

It is divided into the armoured division and the mounted regiment, which is tasked with protecting the Queen.

The Welsh Guards will be moving into the Windsor barracks.

Image copyright Sgt Donald C Todd RLC
Image caption The Household Cavalry has been based near Windsor Castle for more than 200 years

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