The Sweet Gesture of Princess Charlotte to Queen Elizabeth at Her Funeral

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As the royal family honors their subjects, all eyes are on them this morning. Queen ElizabethAt her funeral. Many members of the family made small nods toward the queen with their outfits—including Her Majesty’s great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte

Charlotte’s Tribute To One Of The Queen’s Favorite Hobbies

Charlotte, seven years old, was accompanied her parents, Prince William Middleton and Kate Middleton. Her older brother Prince George was also there. The young princess wore a long, black coat and a hat like her mother. This marks the first time we’ve seen Charlotte in a hat: an accessory that is a given for older female members of the royal family. 

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A special piece of jewelry was also presented by the princess to her great-grandmother. Charlotte wore a small, diamond horseshoe-shaped broach, a nod to the late queen’s love of horses. This passion for equestrian sports was a part of Queen Elizabeth’s life since she was very young. 

Queen Elizabeth’s Love Of Horse Racing

Queen Elizabeth was just six years old when she learned to ride a horse. A visit to a racing barn at 16 years old gave Queen Elizabeth a passion for horse racing. 

“She watched them do some gallops ahead of some big races that were imminent,”Author and journalist Julian Muscat of the queen’s first visit to the stable. “Afterward, she went and patted them on the head and loved the feel and the silkiness of their coats. The story goes that she didn’t wash her hands for the rest of the day.”

This was the beginning of a lifetime passion for racing and breeding horses. She was the British Flat racing Champion Owner in 1954, 1957, and bred horses which won at the Epsom Oaks, St. Leger Stakes, 1,000 Guineas, 2,000 Guineas, and 2,000 Guineas races. 

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Queen Elizabeth’s love of horses and horse racing was passed down to her children—King Charles III and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, have both entered their own horses in the Royal Ascot Race in past years. Charlotte’s sweet jewelry tribute to the queen shows that she’s keeping her great-grandmother’s love of horses alive in the royal family.

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