Royal Wedding: Parade practice

With immaculately pressed uniforms, shiny brass buttons and well-groomed horses - the British army, with predictable military precision, is preparing to play its part at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Many of the disciplines required on the front line in Afghanistan translate to the parade square back home.

Here, take a look at how the Scots and Welsh Guards, accompanied by The Band of the Coldstream Guards, have been getting ready at the Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace - and see the Household Cavalry hard at work in nearby Hyde Park.

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Afghanistan images Crown Copyright/MOD 2011. All other images copyright BBC News.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 26 April 2011.

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