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After 14 years of service, The Queen’s favourite carriage horse retires

After 14 years of service, The Queen’s favourite carriage horse has retired to the countryside for a more peaceful and relaxed way of life.Windsor grey “poster boy” has retired to the countryside after 14 years of

Daniel, a Windsor Grey gelding who started his career with the Metropolitan Police before being transferred to the Royal Mews, was widely seen as the “poster boy” of all The Queen’s horses and took part in all major events.

As reported in Horse and Hound, Daniel will spend his retirement at the Horse Trust in Buckinghamshire, alongside other retired veterans who have served The Queen and country.

Some of the many occasions Daniel took part in during his career include State Opening of Parliaments, Trooping the Colour and he was also lead horse for the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

He also took part in the procession at Royal Ascot and at Royal Windsor Horse Show where he was the Harness Horse.

Daniel is by far one of Her Majesty’s most recognised horses. A life-sized statue was built in Windsor which depicts the horse, made in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

He had also been featured on a Royal Mail stamp back in 2014.

Speaking to Horse and Hound, Chief Executive of Horse Trust, Jeanette Allen, said: “For everyone at the Horse Trust, it is a privilege to provide a tranquil retirement for horses and ponies that have served the country or our communities.

“We provide space, grass underfoot and the opportunity to live out their twilight years enjoying the natural ways of just being a horse.

“We will certainly give Daniel a very happy and loving retirement.”

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