These are perhaps the greatest loves of his life.
At 94 years old and still in Windsor every week, the queen is synonymous with horses.
Whether watching her favorite flat runners or hacking her beloved Fell Pony, Emma, her passion and extraordinary expertise show through.
In fact, in the words of her chief husband, she is a “living encyclopedia of all equine things”.
Now the monarch has chosen his favorite couriers from the seven decades of his reign for Horse & Hound magazine, published today.
Among them, eight special horses that she and her family loved to ride and watch, as well as five of the most memorable racehorses of all time that she has bred and owned.
The choice of each horse reveals a deeply personal bond, in the memory of his late father, King George VI, at the very special moment when Princess Anne won the European Eventing Championships on a horse bred by the Queen, and the racehorse that won the Ascot Gold Cup, the first victory of a reigning monarch.
Two of the men who know her best, Terry Pendry, The Queen’s Stud Groom and Manager at Windsor Castle, and John Warren, his Bloodstock and Racing Adviser, also explained the reasons for his choices, in consultation with Her Majesty, and the have illustrated. with some unpublished photographs.
The Queen rides one of her favorite Burmese horses, presented to her in 1969 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in a color parade ceremony in 1979
Her Majesty smiles while tapping her Estimation horse after winning the Gold Cup on Women’s Day at the Royal Ascot in June 2013
Among the Queen’s favorite horses is Phantom Gold (photographed ridden by Frankie Dettori in 1996) who is the great-granddaughter of King Amicable’s superb broodmare.
M. Pendry writes: “The queen breeds race horses, carriage horses, hunters, sport and riding horses, as well as polo ponies when, at the time, His Royal Highness the Duke of ‘Edinburgh played at a very high level. His knowledge and expertise are well known.
“She names all of her horses and ponies herself and can remember the parentage of each.
“She’s still driving today, and it’s an important part of her life. His Majesty has a fountain of knowledge in all equine things, one could say a living encyclopedia.
The Queen’s selection of riding horses includes Doublet, the horse ridden by Princess Anne when she won the European eventing championship at Burghley in 1971.
“The queen has raised the horse and the rider!” Jokes Mr. Pendry.
Emma, the queen’s beloved pony, Fell, was also chosen. “A wonderful servant of Her Majesty and he is still as strong at the age of 24 as one of the Queen’s riding ponies,” he adds.
Choosing the queen of his five favorite racehorses, Mr. Warren, compares Her Majesty to an expert watchmaker, trying to assemble the pieces of breeding, temperament and talent.
He writes: “Her Majesty has developed a deep and profound knowledge, on which she has constantly worked and reflected for most of her life.
“It takes the same type of precise expertise as a watchmaker to produce a somewhat fragile racehorse to perform on special occasions and even on all occasions – especially when you expect them to run at speeds of up to 40 mph.
The monarch smiles as he caresses Aureole, then aged four, who was bred by King George VI and was the first horse that the Queen inherited from her late father, after her victory in King George VI and the stakes of the Queen Elizabeth at Ascot Races
The monarch pats Doublet, who was bred as a polo pony and became the horse that Princess Anne won the European Eventing Championships at Burghley in 1971, while standing next to her daughter princess Anne
The queen appears in big sprits watching Highclere in 1974 after her victory at the 1000 Guineas in Newmarket. The Dual Classic winner won the 1000 Guineas and the Prix de Diane in Paris
“These incredibly charged creatures, full of blood and muscle, are developed from birth with children’s gloves and the sophisticated puzzle of trying to put all the pieces together is a constant challenge that continues to intrigue the Queen.
“To cope with constant challenges and disappointments, as all horses know, the greatest asset you need to have with horses is patience – fortunately, the Queen has spades. “
Aureole, bred by King George VI and the first horse inherited from his late father, tops the list of the Queen’s favorite racehorses.
Estimate, a bay filly who won the Ascot Gold Cup at the royal meeting at the age of four was also chosen.
“No reigning monarch had won the Gold Cup and it was a great pleasure for Her Majesty to realize the ambition to raise such a great horse with real stamina and grain,” said Warren.
Princess Anne rides one of Queen Doublet’s favorite horses after winning the European Eventing Championships at Burghley in 1971
The royal shows him one of his favorite horses Doutelle after winning the 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes at the Kempton Park races in 1957. The chestnut stallion was the queen’s first first class horse in its own right
Sarah Jenkins, editor of Horse & Hound, said, “We are honored that Her Majesty has chosen Horse & Hound to share her favorite horses for the past 70 years.
“With the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday, followed by Royal Ascot behind closed doors and a reduction in Trooping the Color, our Royal Special is a wonderful and timely treat for our readers and horse lovers around the world.
“With an interview with Zara Tindall on her hopes for an Olympic place, this is a veritable edition for collectors. “
* The Royal Special of Horse & Hound is on newsstands from today
All the Queen’s horses:
Betsy, a black-brown mare that Her Majesty used to ride in the 1960s. “Betsy was full of character and wit, and much appreciated by the Queen,” said lead groom Terry Pendry.
The Burmese was presented to Her Majesty in 1969 by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Queen drove her in Trooping the Color for 18 years.
Doublet is a favorite, bred as a polo pony, and the horse Princess Anne won the European Eventing Championships at Burghley in 1971. “The queen bred the horse and the rider! writes Mr. Pendry.
The monarch shared a list of his favorite horses with The Horse and Hound
Columbus was fathered by the settler, Winston Churchill’s stallion. Princess Anne initially welcomed Columbus, but found it too strong, but he was the favorite of her ex-husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Columbus won badminton in 1974. “Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has always said that he was the Grand National’s horse and never was. She would have liked it for herself, “writes Mr. Pendry.
Sanction was a brown horse and a longtime favorite. “Sanction was almost telepathic and had a very strong bond with Her Majesty … Sanction was the last purebred horse that Her Majesty rode before making the decision to start riding native ponies. A little closer to the ground, so to speak, ”said her chief husband.
Balmoral Jingle and Balmoral Curlew
Balmoral Jingle and Balmoral Curlew were two Highland ponies who both had huge success in the show ring and eventually became broodmares at Balmoral Stud Farm.
Pony Emma the Fell was “a wonderful servant of Her Majesty” and is still as strong at the age of 24 as the Queen’s riding pony. Her full name is Carltonlima Emma. The Queen loves the little solid breed so much that she became the patron of the Fell Pony Society.
The Queen’s top five favorite racehorses:
Aureole was bred by King George VI and was the first horse the Queen inherited from her late father. “Her Majesty chose Aureole as one of her most memorable horses because, in addition to becoming the Queen’s first exciting racehorse, Aureole was held at Sandringham Stud throughout his stallion career, where he has fathered many first-class horses, “wrote John Warren, Queen’s blood counselor and race consultant.
Doutelle, chestnut stallion, was the first full-fledged first class horse of the Queen, winning numerous races. He also retired from Sandringham Stud where his career was tragically too short, dying at the age of only eight.
Highclere, winner of the Dual Classic, winning both the 1000 Guineas and the Prix de Diane in Paris “in front of a huge, delighted Parisian crowd, who chanted” Vive La Reine “, writes Mr. Warren.
Phantom Gold is the great-granddaughter of Queen Amicable’s gorgeous broodmare. Winner of the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, St Simon and Geoffrey Freer Stakes. “This remarkable mare will inevitably continue to be at the heart of the Royal Studs broodmares so that future generations can appreciate and feed her,” said Warren.
Estimate, a filly won the Ascot Gold Cup at the royal meeting at the age of four. “No reigning monarch had won the Gold Cup and it was a great pleasure for His Majesty to realize an ambition to reproduce such a great horse of true endurance and grain,” said his race director.
The Queen’s official birthday will be marked by the window castle ceremony
The Queen’s official birthday should be marked by a brief ceremony held in place of Trooping the Color – and held according to rules of social distancing.
Buckingham Palace has released details of the Windsor Castle event that will see the Queen receive two royal greetings from the Welsh Guards on Saturday – but the event will be closed to spectators.
The head of state was last seen at a major event on March 9 when she attended the Commonwealth Day service of Westminster Abbey with senior members of the monarchy and the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, who made their last appearance as members of the royal family.
The ceremony will be celebrated by a detachment from the 1st Welsh Guards Battalion, the color of which – or the military flag – was to be worn this year at the Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards in Whitehall.
Posted at Windsor Castle, the military has played a key role in the military response to the Covid-19 pandemic in recent months.
Buckingham Palace revealed that the Queen’s official birthday (pictured with the Duke of Edinburgh) will see the moarch receive two royal greetings from the Welsh Guards on Saturday
When the queen arrives in the castle quadrilateral, she will receive a royal salute which will be followed by a set of military exercises and a musical performance by a group from the household division.
The exercises will include the color paraded in front of the soldiers and the ceremony will end with a second royal salute followed by the guards and military musicians marching from the quadrilateral.
The ceremony is expected to last approximately 20 minutes and the guards will perform their exercises two meters apart, with military musicians also observing social distancing.
Broadcaster Huw Edwards will host a BBC One program covering the event that replaces Trooping the Color, the national celebration of the Queen’s official birthday that traditionally takes place in June.
It features a gathering of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to recognize the crowds in the mall and watch an aerial parade.
Troops also draw thousands of spectators, friends and family of soldiers to the military show, which fill the stands around Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall where the event is normally held.
A few days after the announcement of the foreclosure, Buckingham Palace declared that, on the advice of the government, Trooping the Color “would not go ahead in its traditional form” and a number of options were available. ‘study.