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Elizabeth II – A life-long love of horses

By Claude Nolac, translated into English by Danielle Haywood

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HRH Queen Elizabeth II, who on 21st April celebrated her 89th birthday, has recently been presented the first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Fédération Equestre Internationale, recognising her outstanding contribution to equestrianism. So let us take a moment to recount the life of a remarkable woman, whose passion for horses has remained unchanged over the years.

At the end of 2014, the Fédération Equestre Internationale awarded its first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” – an honour given to someone who has supported the equestrian cause his or her entire life. HRH Princess Haya of Jordan presented this trophy to the Queen at an informal ceremony that took place at Buckingham Palace.

The young Queen Elizabeth
The young Queen Elizabeth goes to select a pony from the meadow with her daughter Anne.
© Ph. Archives. DR

For Elizabeth II riding was a central part of her upbringing and education, she grew up around horses. At the age of 3 she had her first riding lesson and at the age of 4 her grandfather, King George V, gave her her first steed, a Shetland pony named Peggy.

The Queen campaigns for the protection of British pony breeds, particularly those at risk like Fell, Dales and Highland ponies

So began a deep passion for horses, a passion that only continued to...

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Published 23-05-2015

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