LONDON — A 54-year-old tradition continues as Canada’s policing agency marks its 150th anniversary, gifting a new horse to King George III.
Noble, a seven-year-old black mare, met His Majesty early last week as she settles into life at The Royal Mews at Windsor Castle.
“Noble was selected as the ideal horse for His Majesty because of her size and ability,” reads a statement from The Royal Family.
“Her calm demeanor allows her to thrive in the sometimes raucous atmosphere of exciting public events.”
Before joining the Royal Family, Noble toured with the RCMP Musical Ride in 2022, where officials recognized her for having a “superior physical and athletic ability,” and a “composed personality.”
Buckingham Palace says the RCMP’s relationship with the Royal Family dates back to 1904. In 1953, the Mounties took part in the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
The force began gifting Her Late Majesty horses in 1969 with Burmese, which the Queen rode for 18 years.
Each horse typically marked a milestone for the RCMP or the Queen herself.
She received eight horses during her life, including four that participated alongside RCMP officers at her funeral last September.
The other horses given to Queen Elizabeth II are:
- Centenial was gifted in 1973 to mark the RCMP’s centenary
- James was gifted in 1998 as part of the RCMP’s 125th anniversary
- George was gifted in 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary since Burmese
- Elizabeth was gifted in 2012 to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee)
- Sir John was gifted in 2016 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday
- Kluane and Darby were gifted in 2019 to mark the 80th anniversary of the horse breeding program and the 50th anniversary since Burmese.