Release date: Wednesday, 10 December 2008
To mark the festive season, Queen Victoria’s winter sleigh goes on public display for the first time at Windsor Castle, from 9 December until 12 January. It will be on view in St George’s Hall alongside the traditional Christmas tree from Windsor Great Park.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many Christmases at the Castle, and the queen often enjoyed sleigh rides around Windsor during the winter months. The royal sleigh, built by the carriage-makers Hooper & Co. is painted red and gold, and lined with red velvet. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, Prince Albert drove the sleigh, which was pulled by a pair of horses with harnesses decorated with ostrich plumes and silver bells. The grooms and outriders who accompanied the royal couple were dressed in scarlet livery. The children travelled in a smaller sleigh, pulled by a pony.