Climbing the Navy career ladder! Sailors in stunning display of skill and strength as they practise for the British Military TournamentThe Royal Naval Window Ladder display
features sailors climbing up the ropes to
music on the lattice work in the air Part of the British Military Tournament featuring over 600 servicemen and women and 160 horsesShow will feature a special tribute to the Queen to mark her Diamond JubileePrince William will be in attendance at the tournament in Earl's Court this weekend
21:11 GMT, 6 December 2012
Lord Nelson would be proud to see the might and skill of these Royal Navy officers at work as they practise their rope climbing routine ahead of the British Military Tournament this weekend.
The Royal Naval Window Ladder display features sailors climbing up the ropes and performing their routine to music on the lattice work in the air.
The Window Ladder Display is often performed by Sea Cadets such as when Sea Cadets performed in Trafalgar Square to mark 200 years since the death of Nelson.
We salute you! Members of the Royal Navy Window Ladder Display Team practise their routine at Earls Court exhibition centre ahead of the 2012 British Military Tournament this weekend
Practice makes perfect: The Navy officers show off their skill and strength in this impressive display
Getting to see the country's navy officers in action is a rare sight and these officers have spent the last few weeks perfecting their routine.
These pictures show the sailors in rehearsal, going through their moves with military precision, ahead of their show in front of thousands at this weekend's 2012 British Military Tournament in Earls Court.
The tournament features over 600 servicemen and women and 160 horses it showcases military skills to raise funds for the armed forces.
Several members of the Royal family will be attending the event as a special tribute will be paid to the Queen during this year's tournament to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
Clarence House today confirmed Prince William will still be attending the tournament on Sunday but without the Duchess of Cambridge.
All for a good cause: The display is part of the 2012 British Military Tournament featuring over 600 servicemen and women and 160 horses and showcasing military skills to raise funds for the armed forces
The Duchess was forced to cancel her Royal engagements this weekend after being admitted to hospital with a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which leaves expectant mothers so ill they cannot keep food or liquids down.
Kate was today discharged from the King Edward VII Hospital in central London – where she smiled and told reporters she was 'feeling much better' – and headed to Kensington Palace to rest.
Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said: 'To have The Duke in attendance is both an honour and pleasure'.
The Duke of Gloucester will be at the show on Saturday while the Duke of Kent will attend on Sunday.
The special tribute to the Queen will feature all three Armed Forces of the Crown and a host of celebrity contributors.
Historical: The Window Ladder Display was performed by Sea Cadets in Trafalgar Square to mark 200 years since Lord Nelson died
A display fit for a Queen: A special tribute will be paid to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee during this year's tournament
The show will start with the events of 1926, the year of The Queen’s birth, and will tell the story of the ensuing years up to and including the current engagement in Afghanistan.
For the first time since the year of The Queen’s birth, the horses of the Household Cavalry will compete against motorcycles of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets over an obstacle course which includes jumps and flaming hoops.
Other highlights include performances from the bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force and the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force presenting its drill display.
It will also host the legendary Field Gun Run where two teams of sailors compete to transport a field gun and its equipment over a tough series of obstacles in the shortest time.
A grand display: Members of the Household Cavalry and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery practice their routine in Earls Court exhibition centre
With military precision: The horses and soldiers practise their routines ahead of the 2012 British Military Tournament