The Horse Trust is turning on an equine-themed tea party to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
The event is entirely fitting, given her life-long love of horses since she got her first pony, Peggy, at the age of four.
The Saturday, June 9, tea party at the trust’s Home of Rest for Horses, Speen, Buckinghamshire will have a few historic royal threads of its own.
The trust’s grade II Listed 16th century barn will be the venue for the celebratory tea, where guests can enjoy an assortment of jubilee-themed refreshments whilst soaking up the atmosphere and history of the impressive building.
The stunning barn provided stabling for King Charles II’s horse during his reign, when he visited his hunting lodge locally and took refreshments at Ye Plow Inn, now known as The Old Plow, at Flowers Bottom, Speen.
Royal horses will be grazing in the paddocks outside the tea barn where visitors can meet them and find out more about their working lives.
One is an Irish Draught cross named Marsa, a 16-hand Windsor Grey, who retired this week to the trust from The Royal Mews. He has worked as a loyal and faithful servant to the Queen as both a carriage horse and an out-rider in all state and ceremonial events.
Marsa also regularly pulled carriages to collect high commissioners and ambassadors from their embassies to visit Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen and provided transport for the Queen’s messenger twice each week throughout the year.
Unfortunately, after 10 years of service, the high mileage road work has given Marsa some wear and tear, causing him, at times, chronic lameness. His retirement to The Horse Trust is the perfect medicine for a comfortable and happy future.
Grazing with Marsa will be 18-hand bay gelding Tom, who was diagnosed at the Royal Mews with a potentially fatal irregular heartbeat in 2005 and was retired to the sanctuary where he has become a great favourite with visitors.
16.2-hand Aurora, who was ridden during her working life by both the Queen and the trust’s patron, the Princess Royal, and Royal Parks Shire horse, Jed, are also taking part in the event.
After the success of the Horses, Heroes and Hounds Fun Day at the trust at the beginning of May, where more than 3000 people came to enjoy a fun-packed country themed event, it is once again offering popular, pony rides for children from 6 to 16 years of age.
Hands-on grooming will also be available and the chance to meet other new arrivals Gemma and Teddy, from Gaddesden and Wyfold Riding for the Disabled. There will also be fun and games for children and adults and the chance to enter prize draws.
The tea party will run from 2pm to 3.30pm.