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The Royal Mews are the working stables of Buckingham Palace. Around thirty different horses are stabled at any one time, mainly of the Cleveland Bays breed. There are also a few Windsor Greys, who by tradition pull the Queen’s carriage.
Also on display are the Royal Family’s State coaches. Pride of place goes to the Gold State Coach – built for George III in 1762 and covered in 22-carat gold leaf. It is has been used at every coronation for 300 years.
A team of eight horses is needed to pull its colossal weight – more than 4 tonnes – and riders report that it is a most uncomfortable journey!
Other famous carriages include the Irish State Coach (so-called because it was made in Dublin for Queen Victoria), which can be seen at the Opening of Parliament, and the Glass State Coach, bought by George V for use at royal weddings.
The Royal Mews were originally located on a site near Charing Cross, but when the National Gallery took over the space John Nash built a new venue closer to the Palace.
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