Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her platinum jubilee this year, 6th February 2022 after 70 years on the throne. To commemorate this occasion the Royal Mint unveileved a new 50p coin. The coin features the monarch riding a horse side saddle.
Clare Maclennan, divisional director of The Royal Mint in Llantrisant said “Designed by esteemed artists and made with original craftsmanship, Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee coins are enduring pieces of art that will be collected, cherished and passed down for generations.”
The Queen is known for her love of horses having ridden throughout her life and reign with a passion for fell horses and thoroughbred racehorses. She was given a Shetland pony, named Peggy, by her father King George as a 4th Birthday present and has ridden ever since.The Queen’s Thoroughbred breeding program is at the Royal Stud in Sandringham. As yearlings, they go to Polhampton Stud before heading to various training stables. She is involved in routinely visits to observe and assess her Thoroughbred horses. To date, Her Majesty’s horses have won over 1,600 races including most of the British classics.
The Queen enjoys attending annual equestrian events such as The Royal Windsor Horse Show as well as Royal Ascot. The Queen has regularly taken part in events such as the annual public celebration Trooping the Colour on horseback.