The committee of the Royal Windsor Horse Show (14-18 May), has decided that, with the current uncertain climate surrounding events in the Gulf, it is inappropriate to continue with the celebratory military elements at this year’s show.

As a result, the committee has withdrawn the Musical Drive of The King’s Troop RHA, as well as the daily staging of the “Wings for Victory” extravaganza.

The display was to have celebrated the enormous efforts made by the Windsor region in 1943 to raise money for desperately needed fighter planes for World War II.

The displays were major elements of the planned evening performances (17-18), both of which have now been cancelled.

The Saturday and Sunday performances have been extended to incorporate the remaining elements of the evening shows.

Michael Shephard, chief executive of Royal Windsor, said: “Although The King’s Troop and Wings for Victory were important elements of the show, the competition side of it will be unaffected.”

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