At the age of 92, Queen is using an iPad to watch her thoroughbred mares give birth at Sandringham’s royal stud. She used an iPad connected to CCTV at Sandringham stables to watch her thoroughbred mares give birth. She has a passion for horses and her grandfather George V gifter her first pony, Peggy for her fourth birthday.
Her hi-tech hobby will be revealed to royal fans during a Countryfile special from the Royal Stud on BBC1.
David Somers, manager of the Queen’s stables told: ”The advantage of the CCTV is that once it’s happening I can also be on the phone at the same time explaining what’s going on and talking her through the process.”
Her retired stud groom Bob Rowlands confirmed the Queen’s expert equine knowledge. He said: ”She is very, very, very knowledgeable about her horses.”
”If we had a foal, the Queen would arrive and would always keen to see her newborn babies,” he added.
The Queen spends two months in the winter at Sandringham, Norfolk, but foals are usually born in the spring and early summer. The cameras will help her not to miss any of the action.
The Queen was the first reigning monarch ever to win a Gold Cup when her horse Estimate triumphed in 2013, a bronze sculpture of the winning horse was installed in the entrance of Sandringham.
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