Buckingham Palace

Driving Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II in the carriage to Royal Ascot, or to Prince William's wedding to Catherine Middleton, or to one of her many official engagements is all in a day's work for Australian Philip Barnard-Brown, who together with wife Janet live at the Royal Mews.

The Royal Family waving from an open carriage drawn by magnificent grey horses, the coachmen and riders in traditional scarlet and gold livery - we have all seen images like this in magazines or on television at Royal Ascot or Trooping the Colours Parade.

Each of these ceremonial outings and occasions requires years of training and hours of rehearsals to prepare and train the horses to deliver to-the-minute perfection. One man responsible for this training is Australian Philip Barnard-Brown.

Philip is the Deputy Head Coachman in the Royal Mews adjacent to Buckingham Palace. The Mews is a unique living part of Britain’s heritage, but it is also a working department of the Royal Household and ...

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