Tragedy at the Queen's Salute:
Horse has to be put down in front of shocked crowd after being run over by a gun carriage in Hyde Park
Members of the public looked on in horror today as an army horse died on parade during a freak accident in London’s Hyde Park.
The animal, called Murphy, was taking part in the Royal Gun Salute which takes place on June 2 each year to mark the coronation of the Queen.
Soldiers from the King’s Troop were lining up when the horse tripped while galloping and his legs became entangled in the wheels of a gun wagon, which then dragged him across the grass.
As he fell, Murphy suffered a ‘complex fracture’ of his leg and after being examined by an on-site vet was immediately put down by injection.