The Household Cavalry’s mounted regiment has abandoned their usual London parade group for a more tropical training.

Each year the regiment’s troopers and horses visit Norfolk where they swim in the sea off Holkham Beach, and race along the sands.

The beach exercises are part of the annual regimental training (Joe Giddens/PA)
The beach exercises are part of the annual regimental training (Joe Giddens/PA)

The troops from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment usually exercise in London (Joe Giddens/PA)
The troops from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment usually exercise in London (Joe Giddens/PA)

It was time for a swim for the parade horses (Joe Giddens/PA)
But in Norfolk, it was time for a swim for the parade horses (Joe Giddens/PA)

Horses on the beach
Crowds turned out to watch the horses put through their paces (Joe Giddens/PA)

Ben Fogle
Including TV presenter Ben Fogle (Joe Giddens/PA)

Horses on the beach
Some were tempted to paddle alongside (Joe Giddens/PA)

While others were happier to meet on dry land (Joe Giddens/PA)
While others were happier to meet on dry land (Joe Giddens/PA)

A rider falls from his horse
It wasn’t all fun, as one rider found to his cost… (Joe Giddens/PA)

A rider falls from his horse
…when his horse unseated him into the water (Joe Giddens/PA)