Presentation of Magna Carta Horse to HM The Queen

15/06/2015

We were delighted to present HM The Queen with a very special rocking horse earlier this month at Windsor Castle. The rocking horse was designed to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and includes a bespoke copy of the document in a hidden compartment.

The horse itself was designed to look like King John's own horse, based on the only painting known of the monarch riding. It is painted onto English oak with correct period tack and features King John's crest on the saddlecloth. We have carved and cast the Magna Carta seal in bronze and this hangs on the martingale, behind which is the secret chest of drawer which houses a handwritten copy of Magna Carta in Latin featuring the crests of the barons.

Marc, Deborah and Tony Stevenson presented the first of this limited edition collection of 80 pieces to HM The Queen earlier this month at the time of the Windsor Horse Trials. Her Majesty was thrilled to receive the gift and talked at length about the horse, the history of Magna Carta and the anniversary celebrations planned for June. The horse will be given to one of her great grandchildren to enjoy and, we hope, will inspire a love of horses in the next generation of the Royal family.

(Photo credit: Kyle Stevenson)