The Royal Mews
I was in London in September and got the opportunity to visit the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. What is the Royal Mews you ask? Good question. Basically, the Royal Mews is the stables (and eventually garage) where the royal horses are kept. It has also housed a riding academy and is a community within the palace.
In the tour you could see many of the carriages that are brought out for specific state occasions AND ones that are for certain groups (such as the Scots). There were at least six special carriages and the most impressive of all was the gold carriage that weighs more than 4 tons.
There are about 30 horses kept at the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. I saw a couple in use, one pulling a carriage and another being led to be ridden somewhere. I'm guessing they have some of the others hidden because I sure didn't see 30 horses, just 3 or 4.
The queen picks out the horses name and two name plates are created. One lives on the horses stall and one travels with the horse wherever he/she goes.
The queen used to ride in state affairs, but has not since her favorite mount retired in 1988 (if my memory served me). It was pretty amazing to see, so if ever in London make sure it is on a stop.
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