29 April 2014 - 23:37
Queen meets Grand National horse on first day of visit to Wales


Senior Reporter

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh began a two day tour of South Wales on Tuesday with a visit to a horse hospital in Haverfordwest.

The Queen met the now infamous Grand National runner Teaforthree

The Queen met the now infamous Grand National runner Teaforthree

Her Majesty arrived in the Pembrokeshire town by royal train on Tuesday morning with their first stop being Cotts Farm Equine Hospital, where they met the founders and members of staff at the veterinary facility.

She was introduced to Grand National horse Teaforthree during her tour of the facility. Teaforthree finished 3rd in the 2013 Grand National but was a faller in 2014. The Rebecca Curtis trained horse was favourite to win this year’s National but the winner turned out to be 25-1 shot Pineau De Re.

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The Queen was dressed in a turquoise blue dress designed by Karl Ludwig and a matching vibrant hat by Angela Kelly. Teaforthree couldn’t have cared less that he was in the presence of royalty as he tried to have a nibble of the Queen’s coat.

The Cotts Equine is currently the only equine veterinary hospital in Wales. Their team of veterinary surgeons and are highly specialised to treat all manor of incidents that may occur.

photo credit: © 2014 Charlie Proctor



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  • Elizabeth

    I don’t quite understand what makes Teforthree ‘infamous’ — surely losing a race he was expected to win does not make him wicked, evil, or notorious for a bad act.


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