The Queen is mourning death of her favourite horse

October 9th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

London, October 9 (ANI): The Queen is said to be mourning the death of her favourite horse, Monarch, that led the team which pulled her coach during the 2002 Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The grey gelding passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Horse Trust in the Chilterns aged 25.

Monarch was a familiar sight at almost every major royal event from 1989 until his retirement in 2005, including drawing the Brougham Carriage that delivers mails between the royal family at its London residences.

During his service, the Queens particular favourite was also seen at State Openings of Parliament, Royal Ascot and led many of the Queens birthday parades.

Monarch was very special and became a particular favourite of the Queen because he was so easy going, the Sun quoted the trusts Susan Lewis as saying.

He was unique because he trained a lot of the other royal horses.

He was a real pleasure to have with us. He was always the perfect gentleman, she added.

Head groom Charlotte Pardon further said: He had a bit of a penchant for the ladies but was afraid of his own shadow and terrified of the donkeys. (ANI)

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