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Platinum Jubilee: The Royal Windsor Horse Show gets underway with a bang as Jubilee celebrations pick up


As celebrations pick up ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, The Royal Windsor Horse Show is underway.

The Royal Windsor horse show has four competitions, International Show Jumping, The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, International Endurance, and Showing. In addition to the competitions, this year the horse show is hosting a Platinum Jubilee Celebration.

The celebration is taking place on the same grounds the horse show uses during the day. Taking place over four nights, A Gallop Through History takes the form of a gala evening and features 500 horses and more than 1,000 performers including riders and military. The 90-minute performance takes the audience through history from the days of Elizabeth I to the present day and the record-breaking reign of Elizabeth II.

Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were the guests of honour at a charity preview of the celebration. It was a rare night out for the couple who welcomed their daughter, Sienna Elizabeth in September. Perhaps they will be seen again at the event as most of the monarch’s 12 great-grandchildren are set to participate in a pageant on the final day of the show.

Those expected to participate include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4. Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, the daughters of Peter and Autumn Phillips. As will the three children of Zara and Mike Tindall, Mia, 8, Lena, 3, and Lucas, 1. Lucas won’t be the youngest one at the event, Princess Eugenie’s 1-year-old son August, and Princess Beatrice’s 7-month-old daughter Sienna are also expected to make an appearance.

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 18, will also participate in the show. The daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex will drive the carriage once owned by her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. Lady Louise picked up the Duke’s passion for sport and has been seen driving on several occasions. She is also known to participate in different competitions.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show was first staged in 1943 as a way to help raise funds for the war effort and is now the only show in the UK to host international competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage, Driving, and Endurance.

The Queen’s attended the Friday of the show to watch her pony compete in a competition. It is unclear whether she will attend the evening extravaganza.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.