Military horses that bolted through London being 'closely observed' after surgery - with others set to return to duty

Military horses that were were injured after they bolted through central London earlier this week will be "closely observed" - as the army says some of the animals will return to duty "in due course".

Two of the five horses had surgery, with one in an equine hospital and the other being cared for at the Household Cavalry barracks.

The army said all five horses were being "cared for", adding that the three not needing surgery "are expected to return to duty in due course".

The Household Cavalry said the animals - which were taking part in what the army called a "routine exercise" in Belgravia on Wednesday - were spooked by builders dropping rubble from a height "right next to them".

The animals smashed into vehicles, including a taxi and a tour bus.

Two soldiers remain in hospital after being thrown from the horses, while a third soldier has already been discharged.

The army said: "There are no further updates regarding our soldiers who were injured in the incident - all are expected to recover and return to duty.

"Once again, we thank the public for their concern and kind messages."

A cyclist was also taken to hospital with injuries from the incident but there was no update on their condition.

The Household Cavalry - made up of The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals - carries out ceremonial duties around Buckingham Palace.

Some 150 of its horses are exercised on London's parks and roads every morning to get them used to the noises and distractions of the city in preparation for parades.