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As the country celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with parties, beacons and bunting, one woman will be setting off on a 300-mile journey to pay her own tribute to Elizabeth II.

On 4 June – the first bank holiday of the long Jubilee weekend – Lindy Spencer Bernard will set off on horseback from Chantilly, in northern France, bound for Windsor, Berks.

Mrs Spencer Bernard will be accompanied by a coach and four, a polo player, a Flat race jockey and an eventer, who will all be mounted.

“They represent the equestrian sports with which The Queen and Prince Philip have been closely involved during her reign,” she explained.

Mrs Spencer Bernard is due to arrive at Windsor racecourse on 25 June, again accompanied by her equestrian outriders.

She is raising money for a trust set up in memory of her nieces, Eloise and Katie Plunkett, which funds projects for young people.

Eloise and Katie – the younger sisters of racing presenter Alice – both died of cancer before they were 30.

Alice told H&H: “Auntie Lindy is bold and brave and every idea she comes up with seems dotty – but she just organises it and does it.

“We are very grateful for her support. My sisters were both great riders and they would have loved to join her on the ride I’m sure.”

www.justgiving.com/diamondjubileeride.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (3 May 2012)