The Queen and Duchess of Cornwall today attended the Royal Windsor Horse show together, at Windsor Castle. Both women are keen equestrians, and Her Majesty is regularly spotted riding (as always, without a helmet) when she stays at Windsor each weekend. Royal News.
Camilla curtseyed to The Queen and greeted her with kisses, showing the pair’s good relationship, despite the insistence of tabloids the ladies do not get on.
The show is a regular feature in The Queen’s diary, as Windsor Castle hosts the event. International jumping, driving, dressage and endurance competitions are all part of the event. Today, The Queen and Camilla were able to watch different shows, including Hunters, Part Bred and Anglo Arabs and Sport Horses and events like Foxhunter and Advanced Medium Freestyle to Music.
Camilla is president of Brooke, the world’s largest equine charity, and patron of the British Equestrian Federation. The Duchess has enjoyed riding throughout her life, making this a great event for her to spend time with her mother-in-law.
The Queen first owned a pony aged 4, a Shetland named Peggy. Ever since, The Queen has had a fond interest in horses and has also enjoyed riding all her life.
Her Majesty owns a studdery at Sandringham, and takes a keen interest in the foals that are produced; she is also a patron of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. The two stallions currently at Sandringham are Royal Applause, which Her Majesty co-owns, and Motivator, which is owned by a syndicate that involves The Queen; she has about 25 horses in training each season.
Feature photo: Chris Shipton