Queen Elizabeth's horses were chased into traffic by a group of hooligans.
Around 21 of the Queen's Life Guard horses were chased out of their RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment base in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and into oncoming traffic.
Writing on the Melton Police Facebook page, a woman who witnessed the carnage shared: "Very lucky to be here to tell the tale as I honestly thought me and my mum would be killed. After avoiding a head on with another vehicle to emergency stopping on the verge to then have 21 horses charging at you smashing the car as it passed with glass landing all over me while screaming at my mum to stay down trying to cover her while whipping her seat back.
"Such a horrific incident. I hope when the mindless people are caught they get the book thrown at them as this could have resulted in numerous fatalities. Luckily for us were just shook up and aching from the collision although I have to add this has really upset my mum who is a very strong woman."
The horses - which were on resting duties after guarding The Queen at Buckingham Palace, her London home - headed towards a dual carriageway but were stopped before they reached there, avoiding an even more dire situation.
An spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: "We can confirm that a number of military horses were released from the Defence Animal Training Regiment fields late on August 4. All horses were subsequently returned to the stables and are making a good recovery.
"The Ministry of Defence is particularly grateful to members of the local community, the police and veterinary staff from Nottingham University, who helped to get the situation under control and the horses home so quickly."
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