Camilla to take on Queen Elizabeth II's 'beloved' royal duty as part of King's 'slimmed down' monarchy

King Charles III is expected to task the Queen Consort with upholding Queen Elizabeth II's lifelong passion for racehorses

Camilla to take on Queen's 'beloved' duty for King's 'slimmed down' monarchy
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Camilla, Queen Consort will take over Queen Elizabeth II's horse stables in the aftermath of the monarch's death, according to royal insiders. 

The Queen Consort can add another task to her long list of royal duties – taking care of Queen Elizabeth II's horses. 

King Charles III has inherited Her Majesty's beloved equestrian collection in the aftermath of her death, with the 73-year-old now the owner of his late mother's 24 racehorses and 80 brood mares. 

The news comes just a couple of weeks after it was revealed that the Queen's pony helped pay tribute at her funeral in the most special way.

Last month, the British Horseracing Authority issued a statement in honor of Charles' new role. 

"The loss of Her late Majesty was keenly felt within the racing and breeding industries given her lifelong passion for the sport, and so we are naturally thrilled to see that the horses previously owned by her will race on in the ownership of His Majesty King Charles III," Chair Joe Saumarez Smith wrote in an online message.


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It's been widely speculated, however, that the King will soon delegate this responsibility to his wife, Camilla. The Queen Consort has always had far more of an interest in horseracing than her husband, who, aside from a brief stint as a jockey in the 1980s, has never fully shared the Royal Family's love of the sport. 

"Camilla has a real love of racing and she will be the person who speaks with the trainers each day in the way the Queen had," a senior racing source told the Times


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It's also understood that the King plans to reduce the number of horses in the stables, which are located at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace

With the cost-of-living crisis placing pressure on the Royal Family to rein in their extravagance, Charles is likely concerned by the expensive cost of breeding and caring for such a large collection of high-maintenance animals. 

"I don’t think the King will want to keep 40-50 horses with ten trainers. He will want to slim down the operation," the source added. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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