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ON THE TROT!

Chantilly is known as the "Capital of Horses" and it is where equestrian art vies with Fine Arts. After the great Mario Luraschi, this year it’s the turn of the prestigious cavalry band of the Republican Guard to put on an exceptional show at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.

The Republican Guard is a division of the National Gendarmerie, and it undertakes missions of honour and security for the highest personages of the State and the public.

The cavalry band is famous for its appearance in the parade on the Champs Elysees on the 14th July-French National day, and it perpetuates the tradition of calls which, in the past, gave the orders for military manoeuvres using drums. The distinctive beating of the timbales and the clear sound of the trumpets never fails to revive the dreams of yore. The origins of this band go back to the Parisian Municipal Guard created by a decree of 4th October 1802.

The timpanists are mounted on greys while the trumpeters ride chestnut horses. The band has a unique repertoire full of history which it draws from the famous bugle calls codified in 1825. It is controlled by a chief trumpeter and 33 members parade on horseback. It will be a great privilege for Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille to welcome this band.

In 2016, Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille will have the honour of welcoming this unit.