Private individuals in Windsor and Berkshire are seeking to raise funds for the Windsor Greys Jubilee project to raise a statue to a pair of Windsor Greys, the breed of horse that always draw the Queen's carriage, as well as all the Royal carriages - see photo below of the Greys pulling William and Kate's Wedding Carriage. Windsor Greys are not a specific breed of horse but are rather a name applied to a group of horses that are specially bred and selected according to appearance and temperament for the ceremonial duties of the British Monarchy. At present, about thirty Greys are in Royal service and are housed at the Royal Mews.
The statue project suffered a setback when the chosen artist, sculptor Althea Wynne, was killed in a car crash. Robert Rattray, a sculptor specializing in wildlife, will now carry the project forward. It is hoped that the bronze statue will be placed on the A308/A322 roundabout adjoining the Long Walk in Windsor and will commemorate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee in the town of Windsor, as Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is commemorated there by the statue of that monarch at the entrance of Windsor Castle.
Rosemary Ussher, one of the driving forces behind the campaign, told The Observer, "It is very important we recognise The Queen's contribution to our society, but the horses will now also be in memory of Althea."
You can donate by sending a donation to Windsor Greys Jubilee Appeal, 35 Queen's Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BQ or by clicking here.
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