Prince Harry took the salute in last night’s military musical spectacular on Horse Guards Parade in London.
The Household Division’s Beating retreat runs over two evenings in the week ahead of the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The evening was billed as a musical celebration of endeavour and individual courage in the face of adversity, stories of successes were told amongst the programme of music.
This year the musical spectacle coincides with the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele. The massed bands performed a new composition to mark the occasion and Colour Sergeant Darren Hardy’s poem was set to it.
The spectacular featured the State Trumpeters, the Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry, the massed bands of the foot guards supported by the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards and The Drums and Pipes of the Irish Guards.
Beating Retreat dates back to the 16th century and was first used to recall units to their garrison.
Over two nights 13-thousand spectators got to enjoy what is now a musical ceremonial event showcasing the best of military horsemanship, drill and pageantry. .