Happy birthday to the Queen: Horses help mark 96 years

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Queen Elizabeth II with two of her Fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale, in the official portrait marking her 96th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II with two of her Fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale, in the official portrait marking her 96th birthday. © Henry Dallal Photography (henrydallalphotography.com)

A picture of Queen Elizabeth II with two of her ponies has been released as the official photograph marking the monarch’s 96th birthday on April 21.

The photograph is the fourth in a series from the Royal Windsor Horse Show, following images released to celebrate the Golden Jubilee, Platinum Jubilee and her 90th birthday.

The photograph was taken last month on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which will host the Royal Windsor Horse Show from May 12 to 15.

The show was first staged in 1943 and has been attended by the Queen every year since its inception. Queen Elizabeth II has a record number of entries at the 2022 Show, with 41 horses and ponies entered to take part.

The 2022 edition of Royal Windsor Horse Show will also celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with A Gallop through History, taking place each evening of the Show and featuring more than 500 horses and 1000 performers.

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