Queen Victoria on Horseback

Queen Victoria on Horseback

This is a fantastic picture of Queen Victoria on horseback- you can clearly see the type of habit she wore and that she’s riding side saddle. The man holding her horse is the famous Mr. Brown.

Long live the Queen!

If you get a chance to see the movie based on their friendship, I highly recommend it. It’s entertaining and has great Victorian Era visuals.


7 Responses to “Queen Victoria on Horseback”


  • What a sturdy-looking horse! Matches its rider, eh? Do you know if Victoria enjoyed riding and if she had favorite horses?

  • Ooooh good question. It looked like it from the movie, but I will try to find some historical back up.

  • To my rather educated eye, looks like some kind of sturdy mountain pony (pony = any horse less than 58″ at the withers), possibly what is now known as a “Highland Pony”.

    The photo was taken at Balmoral in Scotland; the other images say the horse was called “Fyvie”. Other sources indicate that it was taken in 1863.

    It’s a mistake to look at contemporary breeds and conclude that individuals in the past always resembled individuals today. A note from “The Equine Kingdom” on the Highland Pony

    http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/ponies/highland.htm

    The breed has a long recorded history and many proven pedigrees that date back as far as the 1880s. Two centuries ago the Highland was the universal workhorse throughout Scotland. Many breeds that are now extinct branch from this versatile breed, such as the Eriskay, Barra, Mull, Islay, Rhum, and Gocon.

    Sometime in the 1890′s the Department of Agriculture in Scotland founded the ‘Faillie’ Stud in Skye to improve Highland Ponies for agricultural purposes. This stud was moved to Inverness in 1913 and changed its name to Knocknagael.

    So there you go.

  • She wasn’t very tall so she probably did ride a strong pony, not a horse. PS. I have been riding for nearly five years, so I know what I am talking about.

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