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Queen Elizabeth loves a horse. She’s reportedly been riding since the age of three, and has kept up the habit for nearly nine decades. Just last fall, for example, she was spotted on horseback at the age of 92. The Queen is also an accomplished horse breeder, even taking home Royal Ascot’s Gold Cupwith her thoroughbred, Estimate, in 2013.
Today, she got to mix work with pleasure. Her horse-related activities started off with a visit to Manor Farm Stables, where she took the time to feed and pet some friendly racehorses. She then made a few more stops around Somerset, before having the opportunity to name a new police horse.
The name she chose—”Windsor”—is indicative of her high esteem for horses as a species. As she is a member of the House of Windsor, naming a horse Windsor is like bringing the kindly creature into the family.
The newly-christened Windsor joins another four-legged policeman on the force in Somerset and Avon: Jubilee. The Queen named Jubilee in 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee (the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne).
Prior to receiving his name today, it seems the horse went by Hugo, per the Avon and Somerset Constabulary mounted section’s Twitter. And Jubilee’s prior moniker? That would be Hagrid. (As he is both British and, by nature of being a horse, large, it’s an apt choice.) These days, he goes by LovelyJubley. No word on what the Queen thinks of this affectionate take on “Jubilee.”
Source from: Town&country