The Queen‘s official birthday is this weekend, and usually this is marked by a special military parade which all the Royal Family attend. It starts at Buckingham Palace and moves down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, with over 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians taking part. However, this year, Trooping the Colour has been cancelled and instead a ceremony marking her birthday will be held at Windsor, with BBC TV coverage from 10:30am.
While this will be a disappointment for many royal fans, the Duchess of Cambridge may not be so sad.
According to the Daily Mail, Kate once admitted she is allergic to horses.
She reportedly told Australian author Kathy Lette at a society polo match in 2008, after she was seen watching from a small tent in the corner of the field.
This means the couple of hundred horses that take part in the Queen’s birthday much may result in an unpleasant allergic reaction for the Duchess.
Kate’s allergies may mean she is glad Trooping the Colour is ‘cancelled’
Trooping the Colour on The Mall
During the 2011 Trooping the Colour, she was photographed on the Buckingham Palace balcony with her hands cupped over her face in what could have been a sneeze.
What’s more, Kate often rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, which means getting quite close to the horses.
However, if Kate truly is allergic to horses, Trooping the Colour will not be the only occasion where she will run into trouble.
The Royal Family are famously associated with the equestrian, often riding horses, sitting in horse-drawn carriages, attending races or playing polo.
Kate in a horse-drawn carriage with Camilla and Meghan
The Queen, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall are all known for their love of horse-riding, but Prince Philip and Lady Louis Windsor have taken to carriage-driving and Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry enjoy polo.
The royals are frequently seen at events such as Royal Ascot, Cheltenham Festival, the Royal Windsor Horse Show and various polo matches.
For Kate, there must surely be no escape from the sheer number of events at which there will be horses.
Kate apparently revealed her allergy to Ms Lette when she was sitting alone at a polo match in 2008 when Kate and William were dating.
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Prince William playing polo
Ms Lette asked: “Why don’t you come and join the rest of the party?” referring to a campaign reception in the marquee next door.”
Kate apparently replied: “I’ve got to pay attention to every second. I’ll be discussing the game in minute detail later on.”
The writer said: “You can’t be having much fun here. Why don’t you play polo yourself?”
Kate then confessed: “I’m allergic to horses.”
The only royal who may share Kate’s less than enthusiastic feelings about horses was perhaps Princess Diana, who reportedly had a fear of the animals.
Nevertheless, she took riding lessons to try and fit in with the rest of the family, although ended up having an affair with her riding instructor Major James Hewitt.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s love for horses hasn’t died and Buckingham Palace even released a picture of the 94-year-old monarch riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle in recent weeks.
Queen riding a horse in Windsor during lockdown
Anne and Zara were both competitive equestrians, with the princess winning the European Eventing Championships and her daughter winning with World Eventing Championships.
Prince Philip once said of his daughter Princess Anne: “If it doesn’t fart or east hay, she’s not interested.”
The Queen’s official birthday is this Saturday, three days after Philip turned 99.
Published at Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:12:00 +0000