Monday, 19 August 2013

Queen’s Love of Horses Shown in Pictures

To mark the birth of Prince George a rare collection of photographs have been released of the Queen, highlighting her love of horses.

The family snaps were taken by her mother and father who were then known as the Duke and Duchess of York.

Queen Elizabeth II has had a lifelong affection for horses and the photographs prove that. She started to learn to ride aged 3 and she was a proficient rider by 6.

In one of the photographs the four year old Queen is seen sat on her Shetland Pony named Peggy. The pony was a gift from her Grandfather King George V. Here at Cheval Liberte we wondered what type of stable she would have had? One thing is for sure our ranges of internal stables are fit for any royal horse.

A second photograph shows the young Elizabeth pretending to ride a small toy horse. She is captured in the garden of Naseby Hall in 1928.

The photographs which predominately have an equine theme are all part of a private family collection. They will mark the early years of Queen Victoria through to the modern day.

In May, the Queen also took part in a BBC programme called The Queen: A Passion for Horses. The programme, presented by Clare Balding included footage of her naming newborn foals and inspecting her animals.