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The King’s racing stables to open their doors to celebrate the Coronation

The King and Queen’s racing stables will open their doors to the public for an exclusive behind the scenes tour in celebration of the Coronation.

William Haggas, John & Thady Gosden and Sir Mark Prescott will welcome guests to their yard in partnership with Discover Newmarket.

The trainers will be on hand to guide visitors around the stables where Their Majesties have horses in training.

After visiting the yard, the trainer will take guests to Newmarket’s famous training grounds to watch horses complete their morning exercise.

Brunch and bubbles will then be served before the Discover Newmarket guide takes guitars on a tour of the National Stud which includes a Stallion Parade featuring the mighty Stradivarius. 

The tour concludes with a visit to the National Horseracing Museum which is located on the former site of King Charles II’s Palace and Stables.

Here you can learn about how royalty has played such a huge part in racing throughout the centuries, and see some important royal racing memorabilia.

William Haggas will open his doors on May 2nd, John & Thady Gosden will welcome guests on May 29, and Sir Mark Prescott’s Heath House Stables will be available to visit on July 26th.

The cost of the tour is £165 and can be booked by clicking here. Places are limited and are expected to sell out quickly.

At the time of her death, Queen Elizabeth used the services of nine trainers: Sir Michael Stoute, John & Thady Gosden, William Haggas, Andrew Balding, Harry & Roger Charlton, Michael Bell, Richard Hughes, Clive Cox and Nicky Henderson.

The King and Queen continue to use these trainers, although it has been widely reported that His Majesty is planning to scale down his racing operations.

Shortly after her death in September, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Queen Elizabeth’s great personal interest in horse racing was one of Her Majesty’s lifelong passions and the King is delighted to honour Her legacy.”