Thomas the "kissing horse" puckers up for Queen's Jubilee
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 01:46
March. 30 - The Household Cavalry prepare the famous black horses for the Diamond Jubilee, while Thomas, the ''kissing horse'' practices puckering up. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: In the heart of central London some of the Queen's most prized horses and soldiers are hard at work preparing for the Diamond Jubilee.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Division has a proud tradition of serving as bodyguard to the Sovereign for over three centuries.
The Household Cavalry, with their bright red or blue cloaks, shiny helmets with long plumes, swords and dark horses are famous around the world for escorting the Queen on ceremonial occasions.
But one horse, Thomas, known as the Kissing Horse, likes to lighten his morning load with a bit of humor.
For the price of mint sweet, he'll happily give his riding instructor Trooper Rob Hockey a slobbery wet kiss on the lips. "He's always done it, he's always known to have done it. I think just because of the general nature of the horse himself, he's very charming, he's very nice to be with, he loves the attention, so when we go down to the Queen he is always a friendly person. He'll always play with you and a couple of people will give him mints. He's probably learnt how to do it (kiss) himself. It's his way of saying thank you," he said.
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