Escort soldier thrown from horse
Published 29/04/2011 | 13:33
One of the mounted soldiers accompanying Prince William and Kate Middleton to Buckingham Palace after the wedding service was thrown off his horse.
Television viewers around the world saw the animal bolting past the open-top carriage carrying the newly-married couple away from Westminster Abbey and to their receptions at the palace.
Kate and William were accompanied by soldiers on horseback from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment forming a Captain's Escort.
The black horse threw its rider shortly after the royal procession left the abbey and galloped past the carriage as it passed the entrance to Downing Street.
It is understood that the animal managed to make its way back to its barracks in Hyde Park by itself.
Neither the horse nor the soldier was injured, although a source said: "The rider's pride was probably a little bit hurt."
An Army spokesman said: "As always with these occasions, the noise and excitement can affect the horses.
"Today there was a loose horse following the safe escort of the Queen back to Buckingham Palace but the training and professionalism of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment soldiers ensured the ceremony continued without further incident.
"The horse and rider have returned to the barracks and are unharmed."
A horse also got spooked by the crowd noise and bolted after the wedding of William's parents, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1981.