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500 horses to put on a special performance for The Queen to mark her 70 years on the throne


The Queen’s milestone Platinum Jubilee will now incorporate ‘A Gallop Through History’ courtesy of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Over 1,000 performers and 500 horses will band together to tell a cohesive story of Britain’s history from Elizabeth I (who reigned from 1558 to 1603) to the present Queen Elizabeth II. The Royal Windsor Horse Show will tell an unfolding story that encompasses nearly 500 years over four nights of its show next year.

Dame Helen Mirren and Stephen Fry took part in the announcement at the Royal Mews on Tuesday afternoon, and there are plans to have the British icons take part in the show itself.

Per the Royal Windsor Horse Show’s website, A Gallop Through History will “create a 90-minute piece of spellbinding arena theatre that will include actors and artists, musicians, international military displays from the Commonwealth, Europe and our own Armed Forces, dancers and global equestrian displays.”

Sir Mike Rake, the chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Advisory Board, said at the launch event that “After 70 years on the throne and particularly poignantly after the dark and troubling times in the last 18 months, Her Majesty’s leadership, steadiness and unwavering devotion during her reign deserve recognition and celebration.”

Rake added: “In 2022 Her Majesty the Queen will have guided the nation through several decades of change, growth and advancement, like none before them – in times of triumph and also in times of trouble.

“In an age of advancement and adversary, the Queen has remained a constant, committed and courageous presence, therefore we have worthwhile and timely celebration.”

Previously announced Platinum Jubilee plans will see the bulk of celebrations taking place over a long weekend in early June.

From 2-5 June, The Queen and members of the Royal Family will attend events including Trooping the Colour, the lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacons, a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and Epsom Derby.

The royals will also attend the Platinum Party at the Palace; the Big Jubilee Lunch; and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

A Gallop Through History will take place from 12-15 May on the private grounds at Windsor Castle. Tickets will go on sale on 22 September.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.