Pageantry and Performance

‘This is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and spectacularly produced books I have seen in over 25 years of publishing.’
Julian Deeming, The Penguin Group


Pageantry & Performance, The Household Cavalry In A Celebration Of Pictures, is an enthralling book that captures the magic and spirit behind the world of Britain’s iconic Household Cavalry.

Portraying close-up details of the intricate uniforms, woven crests and gleaming jackboots, the unique collection of magnificent full-colour photographs create a kaleidoscope of colour, which reflect dedication, pride and harmony between horse and soldier.

The collection depicts a full year in the life of the cavalry, showing them in all their glory, whether at the Queen's Life Guard or escorting Her Majesty on State occasions. Captured over six years, Henry Dallal has succeeded in creating works of art, while still providing an accurate insight into the daily life of this uniquely British treasure.

Henry was invited to launch the book at Windsor Castle and projected images as a son et lumière spectacular on the walls of the castle. This was the first time that such a projection has been given permission to be shown inside the royal castle. In 2003, Windsor Festival chose ‘Pageantry and Performance’ as the theme for this annual cultural festival at Windsor Castle, and an exhibition of the photographs from the book took place at Windsor Guildhall for the duration of the festival. A DVD of the son et lumière show is available from
'Best View of Britain' was awarded to the picture 'Early Morning Riders' by BBC Radio 4's Today Program (see BBC Radio 4 interview) and Royal Mail selected two images (below) from Pageantry and Performance for use in their Mint Stamps Collector's Pack released in June 2005, commemorating the Trooping of the Colour.
Signed and personalised copies of the book are available directly from Henry Dallal and at Hatchards, Waterstones and Harrods.




Books of this quality are rarely seen. It is the product of uncompromised standards that can only be achieved by the photographer retaining full control, rather than turning to a publisher. Even the cover hidden by the dust jacket is a work of art.Steve Hynes, Editor, Professional Photographer

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Such is the response to this audiovisual feast, that the Windsor Festival 2003 has chosen “Pageantry and Performance” as its theme for the festival. The theme of this year’s Festival comes from the title of Henry Dallal’s beautiful and inspiring journey: Pageantry & Performance.Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director
The individually laminated images which grace its pages are more suited to be framed in gilt to adorn the picture gallery of a palace than lie idly on a coffee-table…It is a book to be wondered at rather than just perused and those fortunate enough to open its covers will feel guilty not to be wearing silk gloves as they gingerly turn the pages. Chris Horrocks, Editor, Soldier Magazine

Launch Event and Exhibitions 

Such was the amazing response to the son et lumière at Windsor Festival, the show was produced as a DVD with interviews featuring...

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prominent authorities such as the late military historian Richard Holmes, Lt. General Sir Simon Mayall and Major General Sir Evelyn Webb Carter.

The collection of photographs was also shown as an audio-visual presentation at The Royal Geographical Society in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, with an introduction by Field Marshall The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, in aid of SSAFA Forces Help.

Photographs have been exhibited at Naples Museum of Art between December 2004 and February 2005 and at the Smithsonian Institute in summer 2005, as well as in One Hyde Park and at Lufthansa Heathrow Express. A number of shows were held to support charitable causes.

The book and DVD are available from Henry and on

ISBN 0954408306

330 x 260mm

144 pages



P&P Front Cover