Queen Elizabeth II died today at age 96, after a 70 year reign. As the world mourns her passing, and her many achievements, she is also remembered for her great love of horses. My typing is limited right now (more on that later) but I have enjoyed looking at the many photos of the Queen with her horses. The joy they gave her is so clear.
Her lifelong passion for them, she explained, began as a child when she stroked the neck of a pony, which felt like “warm velvet”.
She had her first ride at 3 and was given her first pony, Peggy, at age 4. While there are many ways — of greater importance to define her life — her love of horses was a constant. And made her seem a bit more human to all of us who share her passion.