Queen’s Horse Racing Advisor Dies After Decades of ‘Magnificent’ Service to the Royal Family | Royal | New
Sir Michael died on Saturday the same day as Prince Philip’s funeral, according to the Racing Post. Lady Angela, wife of Sir Michael and former maid of honor to the Queen Mother, said her husband had “the most wonderful job”.
She told the Racing Post: “He always said he had the most wonderful job anyone could have ever had and that for his entire working life he was just doing what he would have done if he had been a rich man who did not have to work. “
Sir Michael became manager of the Royal Studs in 1970 and remained in the role for almost 30 years.
He was the Queen Mother’s Director of Racing, then became Her Majesty’s Jumping Advisor after his mother’s death.
John Warren, the Queen’s racing adviser, told the Racing Post: “Sir Michael has done a magnificent job managing the Royal Studs for so long.
“He was deeply attached to studs, the queen and the queen mother.
“He was extremely enthusiastic and created such excitement among all the royal winners.”
Nicky Henderson, a horse trainer, said Sir Michael had “the most amazing sparkle and such a charmingly mischievous look around him”.
He added, “He was truly the most charming man and came out with such wonderfully witty lines.
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“He had wonderful military experience and always referred to his wife, Lady Angela, as the commander.
“He was very close to the Queen and the Queen Mother and loved his role with their horses.”
Sir Michael has been named Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in the 2020 New Year’s Honors List.
The royal family is known to be passionate about equestrian sports. The Queen learned to ride a horse at the age of three.
Prince Philip also played polo until 1971, then he discovered carriage driving and continued to lead his ponies on royal estates until he was 90.
Princess Anne and Zara Tindall both competed in the Olympics in eventing.
And Lady Louise Windsor also followed in her grandfather’s footsteps to become an accomplished horse-drawn carriage driver.