• The late Queen Elizabeth II was a major animal lover
  • She had a big fascination with horses
  • Here is how her love affair with them began

Besides her famous love of corgis, the Queen also had a fascination with horses and equestrian riding. And her love affair with them started when she was just a little girl, growing up in the Palace. Elizabeth received her first horse, a Shetland pony, at age four and went on to own dozens of horses throughout her life!

Elizabeth and her horses will always be remembered

It was the beginning of a life-long obsession with one of man's best friends. Some years later, the Queen also inherited her father's line of championship race horses with which she even won a few tournaments!

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And her passion for equestrian riding didn't stop with her. Queen Elizabeth passed her love for horses and horseback riding on to the next generation, including King Charles III and Princess Anne.

Watch the video above to learn more!