• Horse-owning Queen indulges equestrian passion on historic Ireland trip

    It certainly wouldn't grab as many headlines as the other parts of her historic Ireland trip. But the smile on her face said it all – the Queen was thrilled to be visiting the Irish National Stud in Kildare. There was a huge round of applause as the monarch arrived at the thoroughbred horse breeding facility. Click on photo for gallery She had chosen a cornflower blue jacket and white hat to take part in the most relaxed part of her itinerary – and probably her favourite. A keen horsewoman, the sovereign has 20 horses in training each year, and takes a