King Charles wants to sell 12 of the Queen’s horses as he ‘goes back’

Charles to sell the Queen's horses

The new king is already proving a break with royal tradition (Image: Getty Images)

The queen was known for her love of horses during her lifetime, but the new king will be breaking with decades of royal tradition.

Charles is willing to sell all the best-performing racehorses he inherited from the Queen in a “reduction” of royal tradition.

The 12 coveted racehorses are now up for auction at Tattersalls auction house in Newmarket.

One of the horses being sold is Just Fine – who was trained by Sir Michael Stoute – and was the first horse to win for the new king.

Love Affairs – who was the Queen’s last winner before her death – is also up for sale, according to The Mail on Sunday.

A royal source said there were rumors of the farm being “wound down” over the next three years and that this would happen until it became no longer a commercial option.

The source said: “The Royal Stud could be a museum in three years. It would really be a shame.”

But the source added: “The connection between the family and the horseracing industry will remain.

“The desire is to continue the traditions and ties with Royal Ascot but not to the same extent as Her Majesty because she was passionate.”

King Charles

Charles is said to be “limiting himself” from certain royal traditions (Image: Getty Images)

the Queen

Racehorsing proved to be a popular pastime for the Queen during her lifetime (Image: Getty Images)

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A royal source says the connection between the royal family and the racehorse industry continues (Image: Getty Images)

Charles – who has 60 racehorses and 38 broodmares at Sandringham – is expected to start reducing numbers soon.

Just like the Queen’s last breeding, the 30 new foals expected in the new year should also be sold at a high price.

A racing source said the Gulf state’s shipyards are particularly eager to buy from the new monarch and claim a connection to the Queen.

The Queen was known for her love of horses throughout her reign and she had 37 horses in racing this year, a third of which were inherited by Charles.

After the death of her father, King George VI, the Queen inherited her father’s breeding and racing stocks – sparking her lifelong love of the sport.

But race-horsing comes at a price – the Queen uses money from her private purse to fund the hobby.

However, last year was her best year in racing as 36 of her horses were crowned winners meaning she earned a staggering £590,000 in prize money.

The Queen normally sells around seven horses a year, so this month’s planned sale represents a big increase.

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