Did Prince William DRUG his horse? Charger seen walking with head down at Trooping the Colour rehearsals

The event got into a bit of controversy after it was reported that Williams’ horse was drugged as it walked with its head down the entire time


                            Did Prince William DRUG his horse? Charger seen walking with head down at Trooping the Colour rehearsals
Prince William leads The Colonel's Review at Horse Guards Parade (Photos by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
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Prince William led the full-dress rehearsal during final preparations for the Trooping the Colour ahead of the Queen's birthday next week. The Duke of Cambridge rode a black Household Division charger, named George, as he inspected more than 1500 soldiers and 350 horses. The 90-minute rehearsal saw the entire spectacle before the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
 
The event, however, got into a bit of controversy after it was rumored that Williams’ horse was drugged as it walked with its head down the entire time. According to the Daily Mail, an unnamed Military veteran spilled the beans on the matter saying it was a disgrace as William's horse walked with its head down. It is apparently considered a sign of humiliation. For the uninitiated, the full run-through of Trooping the Colour will take place on June 2.
 
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel's Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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Was Prince William's horse DRUGGED?

According to the Daily Mail, an anonymous source shed light on Prince William’s horse saying, “William's horse looks drugged. Its head is on the floor. It's a disgrace.' A Clarence House spokesman was not available for immediate comment. In the event, the 39-year-old Duke wore his red and blue military uniform that was adorned with medals. He teamed it up with the traditional bearskin hat as he sat on the horse.
 
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Princess Royal will ride on the parade as colonels of the Welsh Guards, the Irish Guards and the Blues and Royals, as reported by the publication. However, the presence of the Queen at the Jubilee events is yet to be confirmed as the 96-year-old has mobility issues. Prince William was the first from the Royal Family to be appointed the Colonel of the Irish Guards in 2011.
 
 

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What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour is a regal ceremony performed by regiments of the British Army. The tradition dates back to the 17th century. Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign. The mega event is annually on the second Saturday in June, coinciding with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. The audience at Trooping the Colour includes the Royal family, invited guests, ticket holders and the general public. For the event, the Queen travels down the Mall from Buckingham Palace. After receiving a royal salute, Her Majesty inspects her troops of the Household Division - both foot guards and horse guards – and the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards leads The Colonel's Review at Horse Guards Parade on May 28, 2022 in London, England. The Colonel's Review is the final evaluation of the Trooping the Colour parade before the event which will take place on Thursday, June 02, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)