Household Cavalry Farewell Parade

A spectacular military parade through Windsor will take place on Saturday, 18th May 2019 to mark the departure from Windsor of the Household Cavalry - bringing to an end 200 years of history.

Exercising their Freedom to march through Windsor the Farewell Parade, with up to 250 marching troops, mounted troops and the Band of the Household Cavalry will leave Combermere Barracks at 14:30.

The Household Cavalry who have been based in Windsor for over two hundred years are due to move down to Salisbury Plain later in the year and the Welsh Guards will be moving into the barracks.

The Parade Route

The parade is scheduled to step off from Combermere Barracks at 14:30 and route will include:

  • The Long Walk
  • Park Street
  • St Albans Street
  • Castle Hill
  • High Street - The Regiment will pause briefly at the Guildhall where a Salute will be taken
  • Sheet Street
  • The Kings Road

Crowd control barriers will be installed along sections of the route including; Park Street, Castle Hill, High Street and Sheet Street.

For the early birds a full rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday 16 May, with the parade following the same route as above, with road closures starting at 05:30 and re-opening at approximately 07:00.

About the Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry is made up of both the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards - the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army.

It can trace its origins to a force raised by Oliver Cromwell - the parliamentary officers were replaced by royalists in 1660.

Both regiments are split between two separate units equipped to perform different roles.

The Household Cavalry Regiment is deployed with armoured vehicles on military operations, while the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment performs ceremonial roles on horseback.

Household Cavarly Mounted Regiment
Household Cavarly combat role

Getting to Windsor Castle

Windsor is 30 miles (50km) West of London.

By Train

From London you can get to Windsor from both Waterloo and Paddington stations.

Trains from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station depart every half hour throughout the day, hourly on Sundays.
The journey takes about an hour and 20 minutes.
Windsor & Eton Riverside - About a 10 minutes walk to the town centre.

Trains from Paddington to Windsor Central depart every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the day.
The journey takes about 35 minutes. You have to change trains at Slough.

By Bus

Greenline bus number 702 leaves from Victoria Colonnades, near London Victoria Coach Station every half hour, approximately, during the day. The journey takes about an hour.

By Car

Windsor is accessible via the major motorway networks of the M3, M4, M25 and M40

The journey time from London is approximately 40 minutes and Heathrow airport is about 15 minutes away.

Parking will be suspended on the roads forming the parade route from noon until 16:30 onSaturday 18 May.
You can find more information on road closures and parking restrictions on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website.

Consider the Long Term parking if you are visiting the Parade as a 20 minute walk saves about a third of the cost of short term parking in Windsor centre.

Another option is to use the Park and Ride services at Legoland Windsor or Windsor Home Park.
Parking at Legoland is free. Parking at Windsor Home Park is "pay and display". There is a small charge for bus fare.