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The Queen's Cavalry [DVD] [2005]


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  • Directors: Janet Harris, Daniel Zafer
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KPDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,945 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals form The Household Cavalry, Britain's most senior army regiment and the Queen's official bodyguard. One week they could be on horseback, escorting the Sovereign down the Mall, the next patrolling downtown Basra in their tanks. This programme follows the fortunes of the men of The Household Cavalry and tells their stories of war and ceremony. Offering an unprecedented and unique insight into the behind the scenes, the series details their ceremonial and military duty as well as their 350-year history.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Man Called Insipid on 25 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
An excellent show for anyone who is interested in this kind of thing. You get to see all the shiny bits and hard bits. Horses, polish, falls and success of the two squadrons of the Blues & Royals and the Life Guards. Their kit seems to be more of a hinderance to their roll but they do look nice.
You really see how much work goes into both their roles as the ceremonial Queens body guard and an armoured recon unit. I would have loved to have put myself through the pain and hard work to be one of these troopers, although the officers do come across a little like 'nobs'.
Excellent photography, the pace is nice and you don't get bodged down in history, traditions and detail. Drama created in the documentary is a little contrived, but forgivable.
I would have love to seen a little about the band and the mess life, but you can't have everything.
Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Helen C Lorentzen on 11 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A brilliant insight into the mounted cavalry. A great DVD for horse lovers or those interested in the forces. Lots of great features and you really do get to follow the men, women and horses through the episodes. Love this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Howley on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I purchased this video thinking that it would focus primarily on the horses, men, equipment and training of the mounted troop.
IMO, too much time was given over to the armored cavalry training, something that could have been covered better on a Military or History channel program.
I would have preferred to see more of the training of the men who had never ridden before as well as the selection process for the horses. Surely there was much more to be seen as the recruits tried to mount without the aid of stirrups as well as having to undergo the first 3 weeks of training without stirrups. Getting the horses to trot and canter would have made for interesting footage. Too, more time should have been spent on the relationship that each recruit had to build with his mount. Still a good dvd. I wear my Household Cavalry souvenir shirt quite often here in the States. I would certainly like to see a similar attempt made about the US Cavalry -- training, battle and parade formations, etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonTide93 on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
I'm joining the Cavalry and this is full of great info! on both the Armoured side and the Ceremonial side of it, arrived on time well packaged and brand new as described thanks a lot!
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By M. L. Mcintyre on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We purchased this DVD due to a close friend having joined the Blues and Royals Regiment which forms part of the Household Divisiion. The DVD follows the fortunes of an intake from basic training through to full ceremonial duties and the combat role which the Blues and Royals also fulfill. The recruits are a varied bunch - some of whom wear their heart on their sleeve. The ultimate fate of the intake is really interesting and confirms the rigour and dedication needed to become a fully fledged member of the Queen's Cavalry. Despite our particular interest in a close friend's choice of career, this is good "fly on the wall" television which gives you a real insight into one of the oldest regiments in the British Army and how high the standards are to join the ranks of the Queen's Cavalry.
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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Queen's Cavalry is a two-disc DVD which features the Life Guards,
the most senior regiment in the British Army along side their 'brother'
cavalry regiment, the Blues and Royals.
These two regiments, along with the Brigade of Guards form the
Household Division and are the official bodyguard to the reigning
Monarch.

We are shown something of the training given to the would be
cavalry men (for some their first introduction to horses) and
their training at the Riding School at Windsor. We learn a little
of their bonding techniques with their mounts and a lot about
mucking out and cleaning of kit, such as their highly polished,
thigh high jackboots and the breastplate or cuirass.

When not busy with ceremonials such as The State Opening of
Parliament, Trooping the Colour or providing Sovereign's escorts
for State Visits, we see them training in mock war-zones to hone
their prowess as modern cavalry who drive tanks and other armoured
vehicles so as to always be battle ready.

The Life Guards and the Blues and Royals were formed into a "Union"
of cavalry in 1991, not amalgamated as some think. Each regiment kept
it's own unique identity, uniform differences and unique system of ranks.

There are no Sergeants, and the junior ranking officers are called Cornets.
They are also the only members of the British Army entitled to salute without
head dress.

I should have liked to have seen more time given to the actual cavalry
aspect of the Troopers rather than spend time on the military vehicles
aspect of their work, no matter how necessary that is.
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