King Charles gifted a horse from Canada in long-standing tradition

King Charles has been given a horse by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Noble, a seven-year-old black mare, is settling into life at the Royal Mews in Windsor, the Palace said in a statement.

The horse, who stands at 16.2 hands high, toured with the “Mounties” Musical Ride in 2022, where she participated in 90 public performances at 50 different locations in Canada.

Bred and trained in the country, she received her name through the Mounties’ annual Name The Foal contest.

Charles was said to be “pleased” to meet Noble at the Royal Mews earlier this week.

The move follows a long tradition of the Mounties gifting horses to the royal family.

The relationship between the royals and the force dates back to 1904 when King Edward VII bestowed the title of Royal on the North-West Mounted Police, making it the Royal North-West Mounted Police.

The Mounties gifted eight horses to Charles’ mother the Queen throughout her reign, starting with Burmese in 1969.

The Queen rode Burmese at Trooping the Colour for 18 years.

It comes after Charles handed his late father’s title the Duke of Edinburgh to his brother Prince Edward, honouring the late Queen and Philip’s wishes.

Charles conferred the title on the former Earl of Wessex in celebration of Edward’s 59th birthday on Friday.

Sophie, the former Countess of Wessex, is now the Duchess of Edinburgh and their 15-year-old son James, Viscount Severn is the new Earl of Wessex.

The couple’s first engagement as the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh was fittingly held in the Scottish capital’s City Chambers, and Edward said the day had been “very overwhelming” for him and his wife.

Speaking at a reception recognising the city’s support for Ukrainian refugees, some of whom attended, the duke told guests: “Thank you for welcoming us to Edinburgh today on, indeed, a very special and very overwhelming day for now my wife and duchess,” he joked, while looking at Sophie.

He added: “I also want to express my thanks to everybody who has worked so hard to make our Ukrainian friends so welcome.”

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “His Majesty The King has been pleased to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon the Prince Edward, on the occasion of HRH’s 59th birthday today.

“The title will be held for HRH’s lifetime.

“The dukedom was last created for Prince Philip in 1947, upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who held the title of Duchess of Edinburgh before acceding to the throne in 1952.

“The new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh are proud to continue Prince Philip’s legacy of promoting opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.”


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