- King Charles is reportedly selling 14 of the Queen’s racehorses at auction.
- They’re being sold at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, the largest sale of its kind.
- A spokesperson for Tattersalls told BBC News that the Queen would also frequently sell horses.
King Charles III is selling 14 of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s racehorses, according to a BBC News report.
The horses are being auctioned as part of the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale on Monday, which is the largest of its kind in the world, Sky News reports. The Queen’s horses are part of a group of 1,500 horses on sale this week, the publication added.
However, this doesn’t mean the royal family’s connection to horseracing is over, according to Jimmy George, a spokesperson for Tattersalls, who said that the Queen would also frequently sell horses before her death.
“It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Every year they would sell horses,” George told BBC News and Sky News.
“The Queen had brood mares of her own, she would breed them and sell them. You can’t keep them all,” he said.
“Every year owners sell stock. His Majesty is just doing what owners do,” he added.
As Insider previously reported, the Queen had a passion for horses, and owned more than 100 of them at the time of her death. The Queen died at the age of 96 at her Balmoral Castle estate on September 8.
She began riding horses at the age of 3 and was given her first horse — a Shetland pony named Peggy — at the age of 4, Metro reports.
The Queen had entered 3,441 horserace competitions since 1988, according to research by OLBG, a sports betting community. She won 566 races in the UK, receiving approximately £8.7 million, or around $9.8 million, in prize money since 1988, according to the research.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by Insider. Tattersalls did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.