#UK Four magnificent horses from the ‘Mounties’ will lead the Queen to her final resting place on Monday #UKnews
When 4 magnificent horses of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police take the first steps of the Queen’s funeral procession tomorrow, it will mark the fruits of a 53-year love affair between the late Monarch and the ‘Mounties’.
Ridden by officers sporting the well-known pink tunics and stetsons, the 4 horses will lead the extraordinary ceremonial parade from Westminster Abbey to Hyde Park Corner.
Fittingly, one in all the quartet is known as Elizabeth (after the Queen Mother) and was given to the Queen as a present in 2012.
Horses of honour: Superintendant Kevin Fahey on Sir John, Sergeant Major Scott Williamson on Darby, Corporall Justine Rogawski on Elizabeth and Constable Katy Loisel on George of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will take the first steps of the Queen’s funeral procession
Elizabeth, aged 17, will parade alongside George, a 22-year-old horse that has been ridden by King Charles at Trooping The Colour ceremonies since 2009, and Sir John, a 14-year-old charger presently ridden by Princess Anne.
The final member of the foursome, aged 16, is known as Darby and has toured the world with the Musical Ride – a spectacular show staff consisting of 32 horses bearing riders with 7ft lances, performing intricate manoeuvres.
The horses will be ridden at the procession by Superintendent Kevin Fahey, Sergeant Major Scott Williamson, Corporal Justine Rogawski and Constable Katy Loisel.
Their educated police steeds are anticipated to cope effectively with the crowds probably to be packing the route alongside Whitehall and The Mall.
Sgt Major Williamson, who will be driving Darby tomorrow, final night time mentioned it was ‘incredibly humbling’ to be given the honour of main the funeral procession.
‘The relationship that we have with Her Majesty is very special and it’s honest to say it’s even change into fairly private.
‘It’s onerous to describe all the pieces that I’m feeling proper now. I’ve the private feelings of unhappiness and grief. Obviously there may be plenty of strain proper now.
‘We are in what we would call a “no fail mission” right now, and that is to represent the force and the great people of this country during this ceremony.’
The Queen’s deep affection for the RCMP started when the Mounties offered her with a horse known as Burmese as a present in 1969.
The gorgeous black mare shortly grew to become one in all Queen Elizabeth’s favorite horses, which she rode at Trooping The Colour for 18 years between 1969 and 1986.
Queen Elizabeth I driving her beloved horse Burmese in 1969 at the Trooping of the Colour
Burmese got here to public prominence in 1981, when a young person at the ceremony fired six blanks from a gun.
Although Burmese initially shied and cantered ahead, the Queen, an completed rider, shortly regained management, to cheers from the crowd.
The following yr, Queen Elizabeth was pictured on Burmese throughout a journey with US President Ronald Reagan in Windsor.
When her beloved horse retired in 1986, the Queen declined to journey a substitute and opted to participate in the parade from a carriage.
Burmese, in the meantime, loved a pampered retirement at Windsor Castle and was put out to pasture in fields the place the Queen may see her on her visits. Burmese died in 1990 aged 28 and was buried in the grounds of Windsor.
‘She rode Burmese for 18 Trooping The Colour and that was the beginning of a special relationship that we created with Her Majesty,’ Sgt Major Williamson added.
At 16 arms tall and with a relaxed temperament, the mare Elizabeth appeared to have captured the Queen’s coronary heart in recent times in the means Burmese as soon as did.
After receiving the horse as a present, Her Majesty pledged to return the RCMP’s generosity by breeding it and returning them its first foal.
Queen Elizabeth II inspects a detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Windsor
An preliminary try with a stallion known as High Spirits was unsuccessful, so the Queen despatched the mare to Germany, the place success was discovered with a stallion named Viscount.
The subsequent foal, known as Victoria, made historical past in 2016 when it was the first non-thoroughbred bloodstock to be born at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
The Queen saved her promise to the Mounties and offered Victoria as a present to mark the nation’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary.
The mare Elizabeth had a second foal, which was named Venus by the Queen’s granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor.