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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The one guest who DIDN'T want to be there: Runaway horse throws its soldier and makes a swift exit


Runaway: The horse threw its rider before leaving the cavalry procession and bolting up Whitehall

It wouldn’t be a proper wedding if there wasn’t at least one slip-up.

But pity the poor cavalry guardsman who fell from his horse when it spooked at the cheering crowds.

He desperately tried to cling on, but was thrown onto the tarmac as the carriage procession left Westminster Abbey and turned from Parliament Square onto Whitehall.

Homing sense: The riderless creature careers alongside the procession - but eventually found its way home to the stables at Horse Guards' Barracks

At first he managed to grab onto the reins and keep his steed to one side, as Kate and William passed by in their open-top 1902 State Landau.

Kate, who is allergic to horses, looked shocked and a little worried, but William calmly reassured her.

Just married: Kate looked alarmed when she saw the horse break loose but was reassured by her new husband

‘People were worried about it charging into the crowd, and the rider stopped it doing that at a crucial moment which really prevented a disaster.

Another onlooker Kelly Littlewood, 24, from Gee Cross in Greater Manchester, said: ‘Kate pulled a funny face and looked quite worried when it happened.

‘The horse raced up the road right in front of Kate and William’s carriage, but you could see William calming Kate down.

‘It was very fortunate that no-one was injured – that would have been dreadful.’

source: dailymail


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