The eyes of the world were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the happy couple tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday (19 May 2018). All eyes, that is, except those belonging to equestrians.
Horse & Hound takes a look back at the best horsey moments from the royal wedding…
1. The spicy grey
Well sat to the outrider on the sprightly Windsor Grey accompanying the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
2. The spell-binding Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
Eagle-eyed viewers may have recognised the gleaming horses from the musical ride at the Royal Windsor Horse Show the previous week.
3. The Household Cavalry… Again
Because you can never have too many photos of the Household Cavalry — and we’re still feeling mesmerised by that sparkly tack.
4. The heroic police horses
Thames Valley Police’s mounted section were out and about, protecting the crowds and the happy couple, with the help of horses and officers from South Wales Police. We know they’re trained for the job, but staying calm with those patriotic crowds spilling onto every street in Windsor would push the calmest of horses to the limits.
5. Star rider spotting
Is that top British eventer Harry Meade accidentally photobombing George and Amal Clooney? (Answer: yes, it is)
6. Talking of riders…
Zara Tindall makes a seamless transition from jodhpur-clad four-star eventer to glamorous wedding guest, accompanied by her husband Mike
And the (equestrian) celeb-spotting didn’t stop there, with Olympic dressage rider Laura Tomlinson and her England polo-playing husband Mark…
…polo player Nacho Figueras…
And of course the ultimate equestrian hero: The Queen (who we imagine would have been keeping a keen eye on the equine stars of the day…)
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This week’s issue (17 May 2018) features a full report from Royal Windsor Horse Show, including all the showing, showjumping and dressage action. We go behind the scenes with the Household Cavalry, plus check out our interview with Irish eventer Padraig McCarth