LONDON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- An annual inspection took place Tuesday of the army division seen at colorful ceremonial events across the British capital.
The inspection of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery took place in full view of the public on playing fields close to a military barracks in Woolwich.
The inspection included the famous Musical Drive, one of the most spectacular displays of horsemanship in the world involving risk laden complex choreographed moves with split second timing.
Six magnificently turned-out horses draw each of six 13-pounder Field Guns and limbers, with the gun detachment riding behind each gun. Each of the guns used in today's display all saw service in the First World War.
Each Gun and limber weighs 1.5 tonnes, has no brakes, and combined with the team of six horses is approximately 16.5 meters long.
The Band of the Royal Artillery provided stirring musical accompaniment as eager spectators gathered from the early hours to witness the free spectacle.
A spokesperson for the British Army said: "The horse artillery fires canons at Royal and ceremonial salutes in the British capital and at Windsor castle.
"It is the senior unit of the British Army when on parade with its guns and is unique at being made up male and female troops on a 50/50 ratio," the spokesperson said.