A Countryside Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be fondly remembered for many reasons; not least for her lifelong support of British agriculture.

According to Countryside Online, it is thought that even she herself once said, ‘had she not been who she was, she would like to be a lady living in the country with lots of horses and dogs’.

It would appear that aside from her fast-paced public role, at heart she was a genuinely rural woman.

She held patronages for many rural associations, including the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and the Royal Agricultural University. The Queen and the Royal Family as a whole have also been instigators of many agricultural awards, rightly recognising excellence and standing up for industry. Perhaps the sadness felt by the British agricultural industry at her passing on the 8th of September is a testament to her support. As NFU President Minette Batters said, “the Queen’s deep connection to the countryside has been valued enormously” by the industry.

Queen Elizabeth II was also a stalwart attendee at many rural shows across the United Kingdom, with stock from her own estates proving tough competition. Our late Queen was no doubt an animal-lover and had a penchant for the protection of rare breeds, in equestrian life as well as agriculture. The Balmoral estate has been widely recognized as paramount in its contribution to the survival of the highland cattle and highland pony breeds. What’s more, the Royal Family’s Jersey herd is thought to be one of oldest in existence in the UK, originally a gift to Queen Victoria, and many accounts tell of the breed being a favourite of our late Queen.

The farms on Her Majesty’s estates are renowned for producing some of the greatest produce British Agriculture has to offer. It is thought that Her Majesty relished the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of royal life and enjoy the natural beauty her estates had to offer, whether it be by hunting, riding or rambling.

Even in her nineties, her dedication to equestrian sports and horse breeding was unwavering. Equestrian sports would no doubt be viewed as one of the late Queen’s greatest hobbies, which lives on in the younger generations of her family today.

The Country Land and Business Association rightly called Queen Elizabeth II a ‘steadfast champion’ of agriculture and the rural way of life. Perhaps it was her time spent traversing her estates and hunting in bracing Scottish winters that amassed her characteristic endurance and sustained her in such fantastic health for so long. Perhaps, in this diverse modern age, we should learn from her appreciation of all that nature has to offer, and proudly protect and support rural Britain as she did. Here at Agri-Linc, we send our condolences to the Royal Family at this time of great loss.

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