King’s Troop horses hit the beach before their Holkham Country Fair performance

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery taking their horses for a dip at Holkham beach ahead of their

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery taking their horses for a dip at Holkham beach ahead of their appearance at the Holkham Country Fair this weekend. - Credit: Submitted

Fresh from saluting the Royal birth in London, the mounted soldiers of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode onto Holkham beach for a well-deserved dip ahead of their appearance at this weekend's Holkham Country Fair.

A splash in the sea proved an ideal way to cool off following the Troop's traditional 41-gun salute at Green Park to welcome the arrival of Prince George earlier this week.

And after carrying out those ceremonial duties, the horses and riders have arrived in north Norfolk to perform their spectacular Musical Drive at Holkham Country Fair.

The two-day event marries the finest traditions of the countryside with a spectacular line up of entertainment, including the horsemanship of the King's Troop, led by homecoming commanding officer Major Mark Edward, who grew up near Swaffham.

Other Grand Ring highlights include freefall parachute displays, a championship youth band, aerobatic displays, falconry demonstrations, a hound parade, terrier racing and the JCB Dancing Diggers.

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Countryside traditions will also be on show, with lurcher racing, fly-casting demonstrations, wildfowling, gundog scurry and team test and the ever-popular sheep show.

The Country Fair is open from 9am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and car parking is free. Tickets cost £15 per person and children aged 14 and under get in free. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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