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The British Military Tournament 2012

Horses from the Household Calvary competing against the motorcycles of the Royal Signals White Helmets.

Event preview

THE 2012 British Military Tournament will take place at Earls Court on December 8 and 9 and will build on the phenomenal success of its last two years with a spectacular new show telling the story of the life and times of Her Majesty The Queen.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in association with The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund announced details of the Tournament, supported by The Boeing Company, with an exciting performance at Hyde Park Barracks, London.

The launch offered a sensational taster of what visitors will see at this year’s Tournament and featured the Queen’s Colour Squadron, the elite ceremonial unit of The Royal Air Force, performing the unique and world-renowned Continuity Drill Display, Horses from the Household Cavalry competing against the motorcycles of the Royal Signals White Helmets, and a performance from the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish Regiment.

The British Military Tournament is the largest fundraising event in aid of the three national charities of the British Armed Forces. Participants from all three Armed Forces make up this incredible show that raises much needed funds to support the men and women of our Armed Forces as well as their families.

Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: “

“The tournament is an exciting spectacle and a great family day out that’s dramatic and unforgettable. It brings together the three national Service benevolent charities supporting the whole Service family. It’s our biggest fundraising event, and we’re grateful for the backing from our sponsors, Boeing and HP Defence, without whom it wouldn’t be possible to stage it. By buying tickets to see the Tournament, the public is supporting every generation of our Military Family”.

In this Diamond Jubilee year it is the perfect time to tell the story of the life and times of Her Majesty The Queen and the British Military Tournament 2012 will celebrate her unique place in British history.

Starting with the events of 1926, the year of The Queen’s birth, the Tournament will follow the ensuing years through re-enactments, performances of military precision, words, music and state-of-the-art audiovisual in one of the most spectacular theatrical productions of its kind.

The British Military Tournament 2012 will be narrated live by acclaimed British actor Anthony Andrews, and the show will also feature contributions from Robert Lindsay, Penelope Keith and Dan Snow.

The British Military Tournament 2012 will include:

More than 600 participants including active combat servicemen plus musicians from the Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force, Territorial Army and UK Police Forces.

More than 150 horses including the iconic Musical Drive of the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry and the Light Cavalry Honourable Artillery Company.

The bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force, the gymnasts of the Royal Navy performing their celebrated Window Ladder display and the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force presenting its drill display.

The only chance to see the legendary Field Gun Run, featuring two crews from Wellington College battling it out in a dramatic, nail-biting contest over the walls and chasms of an unforgiving obstacle course.

For the first time since the year of The Queen’s birth, the horses of the Household Cavalry competing with the motorcycles of the Royal Signals White Helmets over an obstacle course that includes jumps and flaming hoops.

A battle re-enactment featuring the Royal Logistic Corps in a dramatic counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident in Afghanistan.

The largest massed bagpipe band seen at Earls Court since the Second World War.

In addition to the spectacular show the exhibition area at Earls Court will be an integral part of The British Military Tournament. Visitors will be able to enjoy a whole host of fun activities at the Armed Forces Activity Area, whilst a shopping area with a mix of retail and charity stands will have something on offer for all.

The exhibition also provides the opportunity to meet members of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and to have hands-on experience of some of the latest military kit.

Each day doors open two hours before performances to allow access to the exhibition area and a variety of concession stands.

Tickets: From £29.75 with concessions available for children and wheelchair users – available from the Earls Court Box Office on 0870 903 9033 or from Ticketmaster on 0844 248 5026 and online at www.britishmilitarytournament.com/.