The Queen swapped Corgis for horses in her last official birthday picture (Picture: henrydallalphotography.com/PA)
Corgis may be the animal most commonly associated with Queen Elizabeth II, but any royalist will tell you that Her Majesty had a special place in her heart for horses.
The Queen made frequent visits to the races during her 70 years on the throne, with Epsom one of her personal favourites.
Her Majesty also enjoyed her time in the saddle, be it either parading through the streets of London for Trooping the Colour on Burmese, or enjoying a more gentle ride on her ponies around Windsor.
The Queen’s official portrait for her 96th birthday was evidence of her love for horses, with the late monarch beaming while holding the reins of two of her own stunningly white fell ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie.
But how large was the Queen’s collection of horses and what races did she win
Here is everything you need to know.
How many horses did the Queen own?
Although the exact number is unknown, it is widely believed that Her Majesty owned over 100 horses.
The Queen initially inherited thoroughbred breeding and racing stock from her late father King George VI, in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II was a regular at race meetings (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty)
Elizabeth’s life-long love of equines started when she was four years old, after her parents gave the young princess a Shetland pony called Peggy. Her Majesty was riding by age six.
The young princess was seen riding at Windsor with her father and younger sister, Margaret, whilst being given riding lessons on the vast grounds of the estate.
Later in life, the Queen was spotted on horseback around Windsor Park and Balmoral Castle giving heads of state tours of her residences.
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Her equine love was passed onto her grandchildren, with both William and Harry taking up Polo and Zara Tindall winning a silver medal in the team equestrian at London 2012.
One of the Queen’s favourite and most iconic horses was Burmese, who she rode in Trooping the Colour for 18 years.
The Queen rode Burmese for 18 years at Trooping the Colour (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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