Riders struggle to control horse at King Charles' Scottish coronation

Household Cavalry riders struggle to control horse as it rears up at King Charles’ Scottish coronation event

  • Scotland held its own Coronation celebration in Edinburgh for King Charles III
  • The Household Cavalry escorted the King and Queen Camilla to the cathedral 

Household Cavalry riders struggled to control one of the unit’s horses at King Charles’ Scottish Coronation celebration on Wednesday as it was filmed rearing up out of line.

The Cavalry were once again out in full force today for a large parade through the streets of Edinburgh as the city turned out to show their support for the new King.

At the ceremony, King Charles was presented with the crown jewels of Scotland before he and Queen Camilla stood side by side with the Prince and Princess of Wales to watch a Red Arrows flypast.

But the day was far from uneventful, not helped by the horse appearing out of control as it stood outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Elsewhere, there were anti-monarchy protests and arrests for alleged breaches of the peace, as Church leaders called for urgent action amid the climate crisis.

A Household Cavalry horse rears up at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during a National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication to the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

Several horses and riders became involved in the momentary chaos

The King and Queen posed for a photo with Prince William and Princess Kate at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Part of the regal procession to and from the Edinburgh Palace, the horse was seen rearing after seemingly becoming spooked at something.

Several riders were caught up in the momentary chaos as they rushed to regain control and settle their horses.

The King and Queen left the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh to head to the service of thanksgiving and dedication, celebrating their coronation at St Giles’ Cathedral.

Charles and Camilla travelled by car along the Royal Mile with a ceremonial military escort, which included the Household Cavalry.

Crowds stood behind barriers to watch the King and Queen drive past

Major General Alastair Bruce, governor of Edinburgh Castle, watched the procession set off from the fortress’ esplanade.

It was joined by four mounted elements of the Scots Dragoon Guards, the Pipes & Drums of Robert Gordon’s Combined Cadet Force and the 51 Brigade Cadet Military Band.

Crowds lining crash barriers along the royal mile to watch Corporal Cruachan IV, the Shetland pony regimental mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, leading the men and women in the procession.

Charles and Camilla travelled by car along the Royal Mile with a ceremonial military escort, which included the Household Cavalry

Several riders had to battle to retain control of the horse and maintain order in the unit

Crowds lining crash barriers along the royal mile to watch the King and Queen arrive at St Giles’ Cathedral

During the procession, thousands of people watched the royals and their military escort arrive at the service

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During the processions activists loudly booed and shouted ‘Not My King’ from a protest spot yards from the Royal Mile – leading to criticism from royalists who believe they should have been given a less prominent location.

Two women, 20 and 21, were arrested after allegedly trying to climb over a crowd safety barrier during the event and charged with a breach of the peace.

Eco group This is Rigged named the activists as Hannah Bright, a 21-year-old community worker and 22-year-old student Imogen Robertson.

The pair were stopped by police outside the cathedral while wearing kilts with ‘This is Rigged’ emblazoned on the back.

Ms Robertson said: ‘Canny even wear a kilt in Edinburgh ffs man.’

This is Rigged, which calls on the Scottish government oppose all new oil and gas licensing, previously tossed red paint over the Scottish Parliament building.

Queen Camilla, King Charles III, the Prince and Princess of Wales, watch a Red Arrows flypast at the Palace of Holyroodhouse following a service of thanksgiving

King Charles is presented with the Crown of Scotland during his Scottish Coronation at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh watched by his wife, Queen Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales

There were also small scuffles between pro and anti-monarchist groups in the city as royalists expressed anger at the separate protest space offered to republican protesters. 

In the thanksgiving service, the monarch received the Scottish crown jewels – the Crown of Scotland, the Sceptre and the Sword of State of the Honours of Scotland, eight weeks after his crowning at Westminster Abbey.

William and Catherine, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in the country, joined Scotland’s leading figures and 100 individuals from all walks of society at the church on the Royal Mile.

The Right Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, delivered the sermon, in which she called for action to tackle global warming to stop the world ‘baking to a crisp’.

A 21-gun salute rang out across the Scottish capital following the historic ceremony, before  planes left trails of red, white and blue as the royals watched from the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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