Horse Guards is a building in London, which for many years served as the headquarters of the British Army. It's situated at Whitehall, a broad street running from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square in the City of Westminster.
This is an area crowded with government departments and ministries, as well as the official residences of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the U.K. at Downing Street Nr 10 and 11. So "Whitehall" is often used as a metonym for overall British governmental administration.
The mounted troopers of the Household Cavalry - one on each side of the entrance to the Horse Guards building - are mostly ceremonial (as are many things in England). So you're able to stroll through the central gate and even take a photo from behind.
The statue glimpsed behind the trooper, on the other side of Whitehall and in front of Horse Guards Avenue, depicts Spencer Compton Cavendish, the 8th Duke of Devonshire, a prominent 19th century politician. This is one of many statues, monuments and memorials along this street.
And tourists are politely warned: "Beware. Horses may kick or bite! Thank you"
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