There are countless news reports detailing what King Charles III plans to do with Queen Elizabeth’s belongings and pets. But you should know there’s a totally valid reason why he’s getting rid of some of her racehorses.
This week, the royal family announced that King Charles will auction 14 of his mother’s racehorses that were passed down to him. According to Hello! magazine, the animals will be sold at Tattersalls auction house in Newmarket.
Per the outlet, this includes two beloved horses that hold a special meaning to the royal family: Love Affairs (Queen Elizabeth’s last winner) and Just Fine (King Charles’s first winner).
Before the confusion sets in, you should know that this is standard procedure. Per tradition, the royal family sells, trades and buys livestock every year. Queen Elizabeth was previously in charge of the logistics, but those responsibilities were passed down to King Charles when he ascended the throne. The fact that he must sell the racehorses so soon after her passing is simply bad timing.
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Every year they would sell horses,” Tattersalls spokesman Jimmy George told the BBC (according to Hello! magazine). “The queen had brood mares of her own, she would breed them and sell them. You can’t keep them all.”
He added, “Every year owners sell stock. His Majesty is just doing what owners do.”
Phew! That explains it.
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