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Royal Connection Unveiled: Queen Camilla’s Visit to British Racing School Holds a Special Link to King Charles

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The Queen Consort has indulged her passion for equestrian life with a visit to mark the 40th anniversary of the prestigious racing school.

Queen Camilla has paid a visit to the British Racing School in Newmarket 40 years after it was opened by King Charles on November 23 1983, when he was still Prince of Wales. Equestrian sport has long been beloved by the royals, with the celebrated racing school training thousands of people over the past four decades to work in the horse racing industry, the country’s second biggest spectator sport.

The school has over 25 specialist racing courses on offer, with its flagship Foundation Course offering 16-25 year olds the opportunity to train as a Level 2 diploma apprentice.

The youngsters are prepared for jobs such as working as stable staff, riding, maintaining and taking care of the horses and their environment.

So far around 4,000 young people have successfully completed the course and gone onto work in the industry, including some of the world’s top jockeys and every Champion Apprentice jockey from the past 10 years.

The British Racing School also houses the Newmarket Pony Academy, a community project which reaches out to children in the local area and allows them to engage with horses and ponies to positively impact their mental health.

Queen Camilla and a horse

Queen Camilla visiting the British Racing School (Image: PA)

Queen Camilla Visits The British Racing School

Camilla met with students at the school in Newmarket (Image: Getty)

The Riding a Dream Academy is also affliated with the British Racing School, with its aims of increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of horse racing.

Camilla arrived at the school with its Chief Executive Andrew Braithwaite accompanying her, as she met with local schoolchildren and students from the Riding a Dream Academy.

Together the children groomed the horses and students from the Flexible Learning Programme took part in a training lesson, which the Queen watched from a viewing gallery.

Queen Camilla Visits The British Racing School

Camilla has a love of horses (Image: Getty)

Queen Camilla Visits The British Racing School

Her Majesty getting to know the riders (Image: Getty)

She continued to observe the young riders cantering, and following that she spoke with workplace apprentices practicing on the mechanical equicisers in the Simulator Room.

An equiciser is a non-motorised mechanical horse, controlled by the rider’s own movement, which is used for practice, training and therapy in the equestrian world.

The British Racing School was the first training provider in the world to make the MK9 Racewood Simulator, a fully immersive racing simulator, available for its students to use.

Queen Camilla Visits The British Racing School

Camilla unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion (Image: Getty)

Camilla made a confession to British Vogue last year ahead of her 75th birthday, which she celebrated last July just months before she became Queen.

She revealed that despite having access to some of the world’s most prized jewellery she does not in fact have her ears pierced, in spite of her grandchildren trying to persuade her to get them done.

She said: “No, I’m not going to give it to myself for a 75th birthday present.

“(The grandchildren) will try to persuade me, but nothing’s going to pierce my ears.”


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