The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses in Buckinghamshire has recently welcomed a new resident - Windsor Grey Daniel, after 14 years of service at the Royal Mews as a harness horse for H.M. The Queen’s Carriages.
Daniel started his career with the Metropolitan Police before transferring to The Royal Mews. One of his regular duties was to convey newly appointed High Commissioners and Foreign Ambassadors to present their credentials to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Throughout his working life, Daniel took part in innumerable events including; State Visits, The State Opening of Parliament, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Garter service at Windsor Castle and conveying the Queen’s Body Guard to the Palace for Investitures. He also appeared at Royal Ascot and as part of the Horse show coaching team at Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Windsor Greys and Cleveland Bays have drawn carriages for the Royal Family since the reign of Queen Victoria as well providing the postal service as ‘the daily messenger’ setting out from the Royal Mews to collect and deliver post between Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace.
In addition to his ceremonial workload Daniel became something of a celebrity in the Royal Mews with his picture appearing in the official souvenir guide as well as featuring on a 2014 stamp collection by the Royal Mail commemorating Britain’s working horses. In that same year, he and his stable mate Storm were immortalised in a life size statue situated onthe Peanut roundabout in Windsor. The artwork was commissioned by residents who had taken up a charitable collection to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.
Daniel has now retired to The Horse Trust, the world’s oldest equine charity, who have been providing retirement and respite for Britain’s working horses and ponies since the days of Anna Sewell’s ground breaking novel “Black Beauty”, the book that inspired the founding of The Horse Trust over 130 years ago. There he joins his fellow Royal Mews veterans Flint, Marsa, and Big Tom.
“For everyone at The Horse Trust, it is a privilege to provide a tranquil retirement for horses and ponies that have served the country or our communities giving them space, grass underfoot and the opportunity to live out their twilight years enjoying the natural ways of just being a horse,” said Jeanette Allen, CEO of the Horse Trust. “Horses working at The Royal Mews belong to the nation and not, as many believe, to the Royal Family; and so, these magnificent animals who have made the nation so proud on ceremonial occasions seen around the world are as welcome as the horses that have served in the Military or Police. We will certainly give Daniel a very happy and loving retirement.”
The Horse Trust is funded entirely by public donation to look after the horses in their care and deliver their research and educational programs. It costs an average of £12 per day to look after each horse at the sanctuary. To donate to The Horse Trust visit www.horsetrust.org.uk or contact them on 01494 488 464