Prince Charles wants to fire someone close to his mother
The sovereign intends to let the race director go
Charles III is not really passionate about horses…
The decision that Charles III is about to take would not have pleased Elizabeth II at all. The British sovereign is indeed set to ax the role of one of the late Queen’s closest and most trusted friends. This is the one endorsed by John Warren, the Director of Racing who oversaw all of Her Majesty’s racing and hair-breeding interests for over 13 years. The blood-breed professional now moves in royal circles in Bahrain, having recently served as an advisor to owner Isa Salman and Abdulla Al Khalifa. John Warren is still in charge of the horses running in the British royal colors but would be living his last hours in this prized position.
If King Charles III actually takes this decision, it would be a huge disappointment for those close to Elizabeth II. Indeed, until her last breath, Her Majesty remained very close to John Warren, whom she asked for daily news of her horses. He even visited her at Balmoral, where she died on September 8th. “We sat there for hours strategizing and making plans for the future, remembered the racing director. I think the most pleasant thing for me is knowing that she was surrounded by the members her family. She was in such a healthy state of mind and in great shape. She absolutely loved having them around and being able to talk about her horses and her love for her horses until the very end.”
Elizabeth II passionate about horses until the end
“I left her on Monday afternoon, the prime ministers arrived on Tuesday and she had a winning horse on Tuesday, added John Warren. On Tuesday evening, she was in very good shape, delighted to have had a winner and spoke of Prime Ministers coming and going at her Scottish residence. I can hardly believe it’s possible that in less than 48 hours the Queen was dead.” In keeping with tradition, King Charles III inherited Queen Elizabeth II’s racehorse collection. “The loss of Her Majesty has been keenly felt in the racing and breeding industries given her lifelong passion for the sport, wrote the chairman of the British Horseracing Authority. And so we are understandably delighted to see that the horses she previously owned will continue to run under the ownership of His Majesty King Charles III.”
And for his first race as owner of the royal horses, King Charles III won! Just Fine edged out their competitors and crossed the line with a clear advantage in the Kube – Leicester’s Premier Event Hire Venue Handicap. The Queen’s state funeral on September 19 featured many nods to her love of horses: her granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor and her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte both wore jewels to equestrian theme. Later that day, Her Majesty’s favorite pony, Emma, was driven to the edge of the Long Walk in Windsor as the Queen’s coffin made its way to St George’s Chapel.
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