Charles III (74) supposedly puts his own stamp on royal residences. As "The Telegraph" reports, he had decorative pieces from his late mother Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) stored. Instead, he now furnishes Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to his own taste. The British newspaper relies on sources from the royal environment.
"As the King spends more time at Buckingham Palace and Windsor, a small number of decorative works of art will gradually be rearranged as expected," The Telegraph quoted the sources as saying. A "very significant number" will continue to be seen in the rooms. Charles is said to be parting with pieces from his mother's horse collection.
The Queen was known to be a great horse lover and is said to have filled her estate with numerous equestrian bronzes, pictures and trophies. According to the Telegraph, there are equestrian paintings and sculptures from all eras in practically every royal residence - both in prominent public exhibitions and in private areas. This is also proven by photos from the private rooms of the late queen. In her living room, called the Oak Room, horse statues stood on a mantelpiece.
Her passion for horses began at a young age. At the age of four she was given a Shetland pony named Peggy by her grandfather, King George V (1865-1936). She became an accomplished rider in her teens and continued to ride with pleasure throughout her life. In "Trooping the Color" she competed on horseback until 1986. One of her favorite events was the annual Ascot horse race.
Charles had already split from Queen memories in October 2022. At that time, around a third of their racehorses were offered for auction. The new monarch is not considered quite as enthusiastic about horses as his mother. But in his first "Trooping the Color" on June 17, he had participated on horseback.