The National Stud welcomed a special guest on Thursday, as the Duchess of Cornwall visited for the first time since being appointed its first ever patron last November.
The visit began at Wavertree House where the Duchess was greeted by a delegation of officials, including the stud’s chairman the Duke of Roxburghe and managing director Tim Lane, whose five-year-old son Archie presented the royal visitor with a bouquet of flowers.
From there the Duchess was taken to the foaling unit, where she met with students undertaking the stud’s diploma course in stud practice and management. Five of the nursery’s resident mares were paraded with their foals at foot, including Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf heroine Dank – who has a Dubawi colt – and Temple Stakes winner Priceless – who was accompanied by her Dubawi filly.
The Duchess was also shown three mares with foals by the stud’s resident stallion Time Test, including the Grade 1-winning Jostle and the well named Royal Rascal, whose colt foal was in exuberant mood.
“She’s a proper horse lady, stroking stallions and petting foals to feeding carrots to Time Test.”She’s really a wonderful horsewoman.” Tim Lane stated at the visit.
It was Camilla’s first visit to the National Stud since she was appointed as its patron.
The history of the National Stud, which was acquired by the Jockey Club in 2008, dates back to 1915 when Colonel William Hall Walker donated his bloodstock to the British government in an attempt to remedy the country’s shortage of thoroughbred stallions.