These are the names of the horses pulling the coaches at the Coronation

These are the names of the horses pulling the coaches at the Coronation

The Royal Mews revealed exactly which horses are pulling The King's carriages on Coronation Day (6 May).

The King and Queen Consort left Buckingham Palace and travelled to Westminster Abbey in the new Diamond Jubilee State Coach, which was pulled by six horses.

The breed of horses used are known as Windsor Greys, and the names of those pulling the first carriage are Icon, Shadow, Milford Haven, Echo, Knightsbridge and Tyrone. The horses were dressed in royal blue for the occasion (the standard is usually red).

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The Diamond State Coach pulled by six Windsor Greys to transport The King and Queen Consort to Westminster Abbey.Daniel Leal - Getty Images

On Coronation Day, the monarch traditionally travels in the Gold State Coach, which weighs four tonnes and therefore needs to be pulled by eight horses. The King and Queen Consort will leave Westminster Abbey in this carriage, and two more horses named Meg and Newark will join the other six for this journey.

The return route will be part of a traditional post-Coronation ceremony procession through London.

Photographs of each horse were shared to the Royal Family's official instagram account, along with the year each was born, in the week leading up to the Coronation.

A second post included a video showing the horses out rehearsing for the big day, pulling a stand-in carriage for practice.

"On the streets of London, the Royal Mews have been practising for Coronation day!" read the caption alongside the video.

Built in 1762, the Gold State Coach has been used on every Coronation Day since the 1800s. Queen Elizabeth II used the same carriage on her Coronation Day, and the Windsor Greys which were used in this instance were called Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary and McCreery.

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