The Metropolitan Police revealed on Wednesday morning that PH Keston, one of the horses that has often escorted the monarch on her carriage journeys throughout its life, died. The Met Task Force released a statement on its Twitter profile, saying: “It’s with the greatest of sadness to announce that PH Keston has passed away. PH Keston regularly escorted HM The Queen on various state events and other high profile occasions.
The news, which surely left the Queen deeply saddened, comes after her last corgy, Whisper, died at the end of October last year.
The death of Whisper brought to an end a 85-year tradition, as Her Majesty has kept corgis by her side since 1933.
The Queen, who is spending the festive period in her Norfolk estate, is now set to mourn Keston as she famously loves horses, a passion which she has had since she was just a child.
On her fourth birthday, the then princess was given by King George V as a present a Shetland mare named Peggy, which fuelled her love for these animals.
The 92-year-old Queen has become throughout the years the patron of many organisations focused on horses, including the British Horse Society, the Fell Pony Society and the Highland Pony Society.
And her enthusiasm for horse racing can be clearly seen every time she attends the races at Royal Ascot.
The Queen has even celebrated her love for these animals by dedicating to two of her horses a life-size statue in Windsor.
One of the two horses represented in the majestic artwork, created by sculptor Robert Rattray and unveiled by the monarch herself in 2014, is Windsor Grey horse Storm.
It was one of the four horses which took part in the carriage procession at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding.
The monarch doesn’t only love horses, but is also extremely knowledgeable about breeding them.
Her thoroughbreds have won more than 1,600 races – but to date her horses have never managed to win one of Britain’s classic races, The Derby at Epsom.
The Queen’s love for these majestic creatures was later passed on to her daughter, Princess Anne, and her granddaughter, Zara Tindall, who both became talented equestrians and even represented Great Britain at the Olympics.