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Queen Elizabeth the Second

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

The death of the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth the Second, at the age of 96, has produced reactions all over the world. In fact, she has been described as the most famous person in the world.

On the day of her State Funeral, after reigning for more than seventy years - the longest British Monarch to do so - it would be remiss not to mark the occasion with a few words on her involvement in sport and her legacy.

Amongst her many achievements, mention may be made of her love and knowledge of horses – riding them; breeding them; and racing them.

In fact, just two days before she died on 8 September, after audiences with the outgoing Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the incoming Prime Minister, Liz Truss, she watched on television the racing at Goodwood in which one of her horses won.

The new King, Charles the Third, is also an accomplished horseman, having played polo and winning a number of trophies.

The late Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, is also an accomplished horse rider, being a former Olympian equestrian competitor and having been praised by her peers as a “legend” of the sport. Her daughter, Zara Tindall, is also an equestrian Olympian, winning a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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