At the age of 19 Richard signed up to become a musician in the army and auditioned at The Royal Military School of Music, he underwent combat training for four months and then spent 12 months at the Royal Military School of Music, before joining the Parachute Regiment in Colchester, Essex. In September 2014, he transferred to The Household Cavalry, where he had to first complete six months of Mounted Dutyman Training. As part of The Band of The Household Cavalry, and is the only band in the British Army performing on horseback, Richard has since performed at some of the UK’s biggest parades and functions, including the Queen’s 90th Birthday Parade and Garden Parties at both Buckingham and Holyrood Palace.
Despite his success and the multitude of media appearances and interviews following his win, Richard continues to be in the army alongside performing full time as a magician. The proudest moment in Richard’s military career came when he performed at the D-Day Memorial Ceremony in Normandy, Northern France, in June 2014 in front of Her Majesty The Queen, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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