King Charles III has a new horse: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have been performing across Canada as part of the Musical Ride.
The horse, named Noble, was a gift from the RCMP to the King and has settled into its new home this week.
TO The photo was posted on Twitter. By the royal family on Saturday, it shows a tall black horse standing next to King Charles III.
“A seven-year-old mare standing 16.2 hands tall, who is currently adjusting to life at the Royal Mews in Windsor,” the tweet thread reads, adding that she was “selected for her athletic ability and calm demeanor.” ».
In the second photo, Noble’s head is bowed to receive a pat on the nose from King Charles III.
He was chosen after being inspired by his work on the famous RCMP musical ride, in which policemen perform complex musical compositions while riding horses.
“Proving his skill while on tour with Musical Ride, performing in 90 public performances at 50 different venues across Canada, Noble was selected as the horse most suitable for Her Majesty due to his size and ability.” Press release Said members of the royal family.
The publication added that King Charles III was “delighted” to meet Noble earlier this week.
It is a long tradition for the RCMP to present a horse to the reigning monarch. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, he received a total of eight horses from 1969 to 2019.
Press release The RCMP explained that Nobel’s visit to the royal family was to celebrate both the RCMP’s 150th anniversary and the upcoming coronation of King Charles III in May.
“The RCMP has been privileged to enjoy a strong personal relationship with the royal family for over a century,” RCMP Commissioner Brenda Luckie said in the statement. “As this year marks the 150th anniversary of our institution and we look forward to the coronation of our new monarch in the spring, it seems fitting that we mark these twin milestones with the award of the Nobel Prize to His Majesty King Charles III this year. .”
Noble is ready to take over as King’s Charger horse, but not until another RCMP-gifted horse is retired.
“Her Majesty has personally requested a horse from the musical ride as her new pack horse (ridden for the Trooping the Color parade) when her current horse, George, is being retired,” the RCMP said. “George was presented to Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 and has been the King’s packhorse since that year.”
Noble was raised and trained in Canada through the RCMP program in Pakenham, Ontario.