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Princess Anne joins Her Majesty as Vice-Patron of British Horse Society

Princess Anne has joined her mother, The Queen, as vice-patron of the British Horse Society, it has been announced.

“We are delighted to have The Queen and The Princess Royal supporting The British Horse Society,” said Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of the BHS, about the appointment. “The Princess Royal’s interest and support for all things equestrian is remarkable. We’re very excited about working with her.”

The British Horse Society (BHS) is a registered charity, that was founded in 1947 with the objective of “promoting horse welfare, horse and rider safety, and access for riders in the UK.” It is was formed out of the amalgamation of the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club, and the National Horse Association of Great Britain. It currently has over 92,000 members, with Her Majesty The Queen as Patron of the Society.

It is no surprise that Princess Anne has followed in her mother’s footsteps. Fondness for horses runs in the Royal Family – The Queen has been riding since she was a child and continues to do so even in her nineties; Princess Anne had a distinguished equestrian career herself, and took part in the 1976 Olympics; and the tradition continues with Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, who won a silver medal for eventing in the 2012 Olympics.

The Princess Royal has been involved with the BHS for decades now. In 2011, she officially opened the charity’s headquarters in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Graham Cory, the Chief Executive at the time, spoke about the Princess’s visit, saying: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness has come today. She is probably the best ambassador for the equestrian sport in the UK and she opened our previous headquarters back in 1997, so we’re very happy 14 years later she’s come to open our new home.”

Earlier this year, The Princess Royal attended the National Equine Forum, where she listened to a presentation by Ms Petersen about the BHS’ Changing Lives Through Horses. The initiative aims to improve the lives of at-risk teenagers by giving them a chance to work with horses to facilitate their inclusion and engagement with society. The project is being carried out in association with Heads Together, the mental health campaign of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.



  • UF

    The Princess Royal has been on a horse since she was a very young girl. Her Majesty rides a pony still at 90 and has a stud farm at Windsor of which she is very proud and to which she gives much of her attention. She was near panicked when she thought she might miss Royal Ascot to open the new parliament. Dates changed. Crisis averted. The Princess Royal is very gracious to the woman who, when younger and married, taught HRH how to ride well. That woman, now a Franciscan nun, runs a riding school for special needs children to which the Princess has been faithful in assisting. Princess Anne is a hard worker. The younger royals could learn a thing or two from her. She is also her father’s princess.


    • Lesleyc

      UF Are your comments being removed or are you editing and removing remarks?

      • UF

        I refer the Rt Hon poster’s query to the reply I gave above a few moments ago.

        • Lesleyc

          Glad you’re still here!

          • UF

            Thank you. You’re rather in the minority. Most of the folks here are here because they believe in the fantasies lock, stock and barrel.

    • PennieP

      Something was removed from your post.

      • UF

        No. That’s me. I’m having a hissy. Some prig objected to something I said & the administrator of the blog removed it. Official “removals” are white letters in a red field. I suppose I’m over it now. I detest censorship and I detest sneaks. If someone has a gripe, here I am. Be brave like the woman who told me I needed professional help. I’m used to insults. I’m old. What should I care? And I am not a troll. I am a trog.

        • PennieP

          Ahh, thank you for the information.
          I always enjoy your point of view and love your opinions.
          I was going to comment about the article, but I forgot what I was going to say!!.
          Oh, Well!! It will come to me in about a week or two… By then, it will be totally irrelevant..
          Keep up with your great posts.. I, frankly enjoy them!!

        • Lesleyc

          Rather a shame they don’t bother to correct their journalistic mistakes with as much zeal when pointed out.

          I’m with you on sneaks.

  • edoep


    princess anne is wearing the suit i wore for my first day at school some decades ago. LOL. always wondered what happened to it ;-).

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