Freedom of entry parade

Household Cavalry, copyright: Gill Heppell

Freedom of Entry Parade - Household Cavalry - Saturday 18 May 2019

The Household Cavalry will be exercising their right to a Freedom of Entry March through Windsor on Saturday 18 May 2019.

This will be a “goodbye” to Windsor as the Household Cavalry, which have been based at Combermere Barracks for over 200 years, will be relocating to Salisbury Plain later this year. 

The Freedom of Entry parade, which will comprise up to 250 marching troops, 8 mounted troops as well as the Band of the Household Cavalry, they will leave Combermere Barracks at 2.30pm.

The route

Roads forming the parade route will be closed to all traffic from 2.30pm. No traffic will be allowed on the closed routes, this will include private and delivery vehicles, buses and taxis. The roads will re-open approximately at 4pm if safe to do so.

The parade route will include:

  • the Long Walk,
  • Park Street,
  • St Albans Street,
  • Castle Hill,
  • High Street,
  • Sheet Street and the Kings Road, with the regiment pausing briefly at the Guildhall where a Salute will be taken.

There will also be a full rehearsal on Thursday 16 May, with the parade following the same route as above, with road closures starting at 5.30am and re-opening approximately at 7am. 

Crowd control barriers will be installed along sections of:

  • Park Street,
  • Castle Hill,
  • High Street and Sheet Street to enable people to view the Freedom Parade safely.

We will have Royal Borough Ambassadors on the streets during the event to help reduce congestion and ensure the safety of those watching the parade. The barriers will be erected early on Saturday morning prior to the usual Saturday Guard Change.

We are working alongside our partner organisations, including Thames Valley Police and the Household Cavalry Regiment, to ensure that the Freedom Parade goes smoothly and is enjoyable for those attending on the day.