Equestrian-themed engagements in store as the Queen visits Somerset

The Queen is to carry out a series of engagements in Somerset today.

She will visit Manor Farm Stables, King’s Bruton School, and Hauser & Wirth Somerset after arriving in the county by Royal Train.

It is her first visit to Somerset since the 2012 Jubilee tour of the UK.

The Queen meets well wishers during a visit to Yeovil in 2012.
The Queen meets well wishers during a visit to Yeovil in 2012 (Chris Jackson/PA).

At the stables in Ditcheat The Queen will meet champion trainer Paul Nicholls before touring the yard and viewing the horses on parade.

The Queen will also hear from representatives from the University of Bath working on research projects on equestrian sport spinal injuries and racehorse welfare.

She will then visit King’s Bruton, a co-educational school founded in 1519. To mark 500 years of the school, the Queen will officially open the school’s new music centre.

Before departing, the Queen will also officially name a new Avon and Somerset Police horse.

She will also meet police horse Jubilee – the horse that she named during her last visit to Somerset.

The Queen meets a Police Horse called Harry Patch during her last visit to Somerset (Chris Jackson/PA).
The Queen meets a Police Horse called Harry Patch during her last visit to Somerset (Chris Jackson/PA).

Avon and Somerset Police’s Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be among a number of guests who will meet the Queen.

Finally, she will visit Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and multi-purpose arts centre located at Durslade Farm.

Somerset County Council will be putting some crowd pedestrian barriers and coning in place for the visit.

Superintendent Rhys Hughes, police commander for the visit, said: “This is an opportunity for the people of Somerset to see Her Majesty for the second time in seven years.

“We have to be mindful of the safety of both the royal visitors and the public on such occasions, while minimising the amount of disruption for those wishing to go about their normal daily business.

“Our operation for the visit will follow well-rehearsed plans, which have involved several weeks of planning, working with partner organisations including Buckingham Palace, local agency partners and the Metropolitan Police.

“This is likely to be one of the biggest events in the Somerset area for some time and we are sure the people of Somerset will give Her Majesty a warm welcome.”

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