Royal Windsor Horse Show announced today that HRH The Earl of Wessex and Forfar will take over his late father’s role as President of the 79 year old show.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was the Show’s President from 1991, and he competed in the International Carriage Driving for over 35 years. The Duke of Edinburgh was a ‘hands on’ President, with many of the showground improvements down to his guiding hand and personal intervention.
The event takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle and this year will stage an additional evening performance over four nights – The Platinum Jubilee Celebration – entitled a “Gallop through History” which will feature over 500 horses, 1,200 participants and an 80 piece orchestra.
TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been involved with the event at all levels
and most recently as Royal Vice Presidents.
HRH The Earl of Wessex said: ”My father was instrumental in helping to develop Royal Windsor into one of the most prestigious horse shows in the world. I am honoured to have been invited to become only the fourth President in the Show’s history and will do all I can to maintain the Show’s reputation throughout the equestrian community and beyond; something my father was passionate about”.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “We are honoured and delighted that His Royal Highness has accepted to be our President. He has always been involved in the event, cares deeply about its future and we know that we will be in good hands.”