Royal watchers are well aware of the Queen’s love of equestrian sports. And recently, the horse world’s undisputed king paid her a visit.
Monty Roberts, better known as the Horse Whisperer, visited Buckingham Palace bringing a little California cowboy sensibility to traditional English riding. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also on hand for the training display at the Royal Mews, which took place on behalf of the animal welfare charity, The Brooke.
— The Brooke (@TheBrooke) October 21, 2015
Members of the Royal Family watched, from safely behind a fence, as Roberts, 80, worked with a mare that had never been ridden.
Roberts, of course, is the inspiration for the Hollywood movie, The Horse Whisperer, which starred Robert Redford.
The Duchess of Cornwall was joined by Her Majesty The Queen to watch the horse whisperer at work! pic.twitter.com/c8S9izAVbb
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) October 21, 2015
Roberts told local media that he would still be a cowboy in California if it wasn’t for his longtime friendship with Her Majesty. British media also covered it from every angle, such as the Daily Mail’s reporting on everything from the dirt in the arena to the royal wardrobe.
Watch Roberts talk about the experience on his Facebook page. And, you can learn more about the Queen and her love of horses, particularly Burmese, here. The Queen, photographed below on Burmese, her favourite trooping horse, was a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969.