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ROYAL FAMILY

The Windsor Grey, the carriage horse used by the British Royal Family

The coronation of King Charles III will be a three-day extravaganza taking place over the weekend in the UK with the main event set for Saturday.

Update:
Los Windsor Grey, originarios del reinado de la reina Victoria, son los únicos caballos autorizados para portar los carruajes reales británicos.
HORSE & HOUND

This Saturday, 6 May, all eyes will be on Westminster Abbey in London. The coronation of Charles III as King of England has attracted thousands of people to the area with many already camping out to get a glimpse of Saturday’s ceremony at close quarters. Saturday’s ceremony will be the first coronation since 1953, when Elizabeth II ascended to power.

The horses that will pull the Royal carriage between Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace will be the famous Windsor Greys and this breed have been selected by the Royal Family for decades in carrying out this key task.

The Windsor Grey

Trained at the Royal Mews (the royal stables), the horses have been involved in many key royal events in the past. In 2108, at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Windsor Greys were selected to lead the bride and groom in the parade that took place on the day of the ceremony. The horses are also used by the royals for showjumping competitions and a Windsor Grey was ridden by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, late husband of Elizabeth II.

Elizabeth II, horse lover

With the breed getting its name from the town of Windsor (home to Windsor Castle), the horses were beloved of the late queen, Elizabeth II. During the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the Queen ordered the Windsor Greys be relocated to Hampton Court Palace, where they were to remain as long as “they are not needed for official acts”.

UK newspapers' front pages from Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953 are displayed, in London, Britain April 25, 2023
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UK newspapers' front pages from Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953 are displayed, in London, Britain April 25, 2023HANNAH MCKAYREUTERS

One of the Queen’s favourite horses ‘Storm’ became somewhat of a minor celebrity and was so popular with Her Majesty that a life-size statue of them was commissioned in 2013 and unveiled in Windsor to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.