Dawn rehearsal for Jubilee

While the rest of the capital was sleeping, hundreds of soldiers rode on horseback through the streets of London to rehearse the State Procession for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Members of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment rode at dawn from the Palace of Westminster along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, then through Admiralty Arch and along the Mall to Buckingham Palace.

The route was lined with personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, Foot Guards and Massed Bands of the Household Division, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and the Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force. In total, some 2,000 servicemen and women took part in the rehearsal.

Thousands of flag-waving well-wishers are expected to turn out for Tuesday's spectacle.

Horse and carriage
Today it was empty, but on Tuesday this carriage will carry members of the Royal Family past thousands of well-wishers. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Horses.
Members of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment rode from the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Procession down the mall.
The route was lined with personnel from other sections of the armed forces. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Soldiers marching
2,000 servicemen and women took part in the rehearsal. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Soldiers standing in line.
The rehearsal took place just after sunrise. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

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