Royal coat of armsThe Royal Mews at Buckingham PalaceLondon Grid for Learning

Liveried helpers have two horses each to look after. They have to get up early in the morning to clean out the stables and feed the horses, all before they can have their own breakfast.

The horses' daily routine prepares and trains them for their role at the Royal Mews, getting ready for important days when they are used on a state occasion.

All of the Royal Mews horses are taken to Hampton Court at least once a year so that they can have a rest and a holiday. This break is usually for six to eight weeks towards the end of July. Their rear horseshoes are taken off so they can't hurt each other and they are let out into a field to gallop around.