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Queen Elizabeth II's Household Cavalry tours Sevilla with Spain's mounted police
Monday, November 22, 2021 @ 8:08 PM

BRITS who were in Sevilla this week may have wondered if they were hallucinating when they thought they saw the Household Cavalry parading through the southern city's streets – some 1,500 kilometres away from the monarch they are employed to protect.

What were Queen Elizabeth's mounted guards doing in Sevilla with the National Police? (All photos by José Ángel García for the provincial newspaper Diario de Sevilla)

A union between the two biggest regiments in the British Army, The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals, the Household Cavalry is a mounted security squad in place to keep Queen Elizabeth II safe, and if ever they ride by in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace, they can guarantee they will be surrounded by tourists from every continent frantically clicking at their cameras.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Spain's National Police force's Special Cavalry Unit's participation in the International Spanish Horse Show, or Salón Internacional del Caballo (SICAB), which takes place in Sevilla's Congress and Exhibition Centre annually.

It focuses entirely on the ubiquitous and much-loved Pura Raza Española – which translates as 'Spanish Thoroughbred', although these world-famous horses are completely different to English, Irish and French thoroughbreds of the type used in flat-racing, steeplechase, point-to-point, and often crossed with warmbloods or ponies for competition horses or Pony Club mounts respectively; the Pura Raza Española is closer to the Arab horse in stature, conformation and gait, smaller in height than a thoroughbred and more thick-set.

Pura Razas Españolas are known for being easy to school, with a natural penchant for advanced dressage, and extremely tractable and quiet – males are usually stallions, as they are already so reliable, predictable and laid-back that owners rarely bother to geld them. 

The SICAB is the largest and most famous equestrian event on earth featuring the Pura Raza Española, and this year's show had some special guests in the form of British Royal equines.

National Police 'mounties' and Queen Elizabeth's Household Cavalry paraded around Sevilla together, touring some of the city's key sites and monuments in the centre and in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.



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