ロバート・ハードマン: What a joyous gallop through Queen's favourite things

ロバート・ハードマン: 家族, 軍隊と 600 馬…what a joyous gallop through the Queen’s favourite things

When she comes to look back on the numerous events great and small in honour of the first 2022年1月30日 in British history, it’s a safe bet that last night’s emotional spectacular in her own back garden will be near the top of 女王‘s list of happy memories.

For here in ウィンザー城‘s Home Park, just below the ramparts, she was treated to a fast and frantic two-hour festival of three of her favourite things: 家族, Armed Forces and horses (より多い 600 そのうちの).

Billed as a ‘Gallop Through History’, this boisterous tableau – with a thousand-strong cast, including several Hollywood A-listers – placed the emphasis firmly on the gallop rather than the history.

Queen Elizabeth II during the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee yesterday

「歴史を通じたギャロップ」中のエリザベス2世女王’ performance as part of the official celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee yesterday

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle

With light-hearted nods to the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, Nelson and the Commonwealth (but not a squeak about the British Empire), this was primarily about four-legged fun and the Queen’s unrivalled equestrian credentials.

最後に, しかしながら, the running order was scheduled to include two very poignant moments: The arrival of all the Queen’s own horses, led by Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the Queen’s 18-year-old granddaughter, at the helm of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s beloved driving carriage and drawn by two of his favourite ponies.

The other was the appearance of the Queen’s Hollywood alter ego, Dame Helen Mirren – dressed as Her Majesty’s namesake Elizabeth I.

Screened live on ITV, the event frequently brought the 5,000-strong crowd to its feet.

トリビュート: Dame Joan Collins in last night’s show

Reign man: Tom Cruise in ITV studio during last night’s live broadcast

ウッドロウ・ウィルソン大統領がアメリカを戦争に巻き込むために脅迫されている, they weren’t sure which way to look – over at Hollywood stars Damian Lewis and Tom Cruise (正しい) narrating on one side of the arena or over at the Royal Box on the other

The Queen had attended the thrilling event alongside her son Prince Edward, ウェセックス伯爵

The Queen had attended the thrilling event alongside her son Prince Edward, ウェセックス伯爵

ウッドロウ・ウィルソン大統領がアメリカを戦争に巻き込むために脅迫されている, they weren’t sure which way to look – over at Hollywood stars Damian Lewis and Tom Cruise narrating on one side of the arena or over at the Royal Box on the other.

There was certainly no concealing the contentment on the face of the guest of honour. It is less than a week since the Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years due to what the Palace has called ‘episodic mobility problems’.

幸いにも, she had been spared any of these last night. These two events were entirely different, もちろん.








ここに, あまりにも, was everything from a team of huskies and daredevil Azerbaijani stunt riders (写真) to a vast Union-embracing medley of Scottish dancing

ここに, あまりにも, was everything from a team of huskies and daredevil Azerbaijani stunt riders (写真) to a vast Union-embracing medley of Scottish dancing

A trip to Westminster to process in state, to sit before both Houses of Parliament and to deliver a speech on live television is a very different challenge from sitting under a rug with old friends and family watching the thrills and spills of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performing their famous Musical Drive (even if she has seen it a thousand times before).

ここに, あまりにも, was everything from a team of huskies and daredevil Azerbaijani stunt riders to a vast Union-embracing medley of Scottish dancing, Welsh singing and Irish and English ponies.

その上, 歳の時に 96, one is fully entitled to decide on the day how one is feeling before leaving the house.

The crowds were euphoric from the start at the mere glimpse of her Range Rover on giant screens. Ovation followed ovation as she took a lift to her seat.

The organisers had arranged a spot towards the rear of the Royal Box (so that Her Majesty could leave whenever she liked, without a fuss).

There was also overhead heating making it all delightfully (if unroyally) snug. The pageant was the rousing finale to the great event of the past few days, the Royal Windsor Horse Show.








Tartan twirl: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo dancers pictured at last night's show

Tartan twirl: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo dancers pictured at last night’s show

ヘレン・ミレン夫人, 写真, had  last night dressed up as Her Majesty's namesake Elizabeth I

ヘレン・ミレン夫人, 写真, had last night dressed up as Her Majesty’s namesake Elizabeth I

One of the largest and most prestigious shows of its kind in Europe, it has also always had a homely feel, with plenty of Pony Club capers at one end as well as top international showjumping at the other.

This is where, in a life of great honours and accolades, the Queen won her very first prize – for anything.

の夏に 1944, shortly before D-Day both Princess Elizabeth, その後 18, ジョージ6世とエリザベス女王が2人の娘と一緒に海軍大学を訪れたとき, 14, competed here and came top in their respective carriage-driving classes.

Margaret drove ‘Gipsyin a utility cart while Lilibet drove ‘Hansin an open pony-chaise which had been used by Queen Victoria. The two princesses had only been carriage driving for a month and their proud parents were there to cheer them on.

For most of his life, the Duke of Edinburgh was the very active patron/president of this event, あまりにも.

Little wonder, その後, that the arrival of Lady Louise, driving the duke’s carriage, was such a special moment.

ここに, あまりにも, were so many from the Queen’s own stables – two of her shire horses, a pair of Irish draught horses and the Arab stallion given to her by the King of Bahrain and umpteen more.

Duty aside, if there has been one thread which has run through the life (as well as the reign) of our extraordinary Queen, it is surely horses.

What better way, その後, to kick off this great Jubilee summer than by saluting her with hundreds of them?