It’s the Queen’s birthday!
And to mark her 96th year, she shared a new portrait where she can be seen with two majestic-looking white horses.
In the photo, the Queen is stood in between two horses – which appear to be Cobs – as she gently holds their reins.
Her Majesty could be seen wearing a long green coat, as she wore her hair in her usual perm.
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But what’s the significance of the two white horses in the photo? Let’s take a look…
Hidden meaning behind white horses
A white horse is known to hold cultural and symbolic significance.
One description reads: “White horse meaning includes purity, heroism, spiritual enlightenment, and the triumph of good over evil.”
Of course it also displays the Queen’s love of horses, and Her Majesty is known to have several.
She was gifted her first equine at the young age of four, then, when her father passed away in 1952, she inherited his range of breeding and racing stock.
As of 2020, some of Her Majesty’s favourite horses had been a black-brown mare named Betsy, one named Burmese – who’s thought to be buried in the grounds of the Home Park private – and a brown riding horse called Sanction, who the Queen was siting on in a photograph that was released for Horse and Hound’s Golden Jubilee.
This year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show is set to mark the Platinum Jubilee with A Gallop through History.
This has been coined as a “personal tribute to our monarchy” featuring a whopping 500 horses and more than a thousand performers.
While the monarch loves riding, it’s thought she was advised to give up her well-loved hobby last year after she was experiencing “discomfort”.
A Balmoral source told The Sun: “She was in quite a bit of discomfort. She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life.
“She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.”
In addition to riding horses, the Queen has a keen interest in horse racing and, thanks to her passion, as of 2013, horses owned by the monarch had won over 1600 races and has had winners in all of the British Classics except the Grand National.
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