Right royal day out at Audley End House

PUBLISHED: 10:11 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 02 May 2017

The Royal Cavalry of King Charles II. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Royal Cavalry of King Charles II. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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It was a blast at Audley End House over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Aim, shoot fire! was part of the entertainment as the Redcoats fired their muskets.

Marching troops at Audley End. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOMarching troops at Audley End. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

On Sunday and Monday, the crowds were entertained by horse displays through the ages including the cavalry of King Charles II, including the monarch himself proudly greeting his subjects. After what had happened to his father, King Charles I, the only King of England to lose his head by having it cut off at a public execution, his son, Charles II preferred to stay away from politics and have fun instead. And this was what he was encouraging his people to do as we turned into the merry month of May.

The muskets were loaded and fired. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe muskets were loaded and fired. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Redcoats were put through their paces with marches, parades, processions and presenting arms. On parade also were the King’s Lifeguard of Horse.

Re-enactors took the audience back in time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTORe-enactors took the audience back in time. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

There were horsemen charging, horsewomen tackling the jumps, displays of dressage and re-enactors with sidestalls, including craftsmen showing how people made early forms of “icy cream” and family life through the ages. Victorian women showed their prowess in riding sidesaddle. It was a right royal day out.

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