All hail Caesar: Gentle giant police horse who protected the late Queen Elizabeth II and was named after the Roman emperor dies aged 23 after being put down due to arthritis

Regal Guardian of the Realm:

Caesar, a police horse celebrated as a ‘gentle giant’ and former protector of the late Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at the age of 23.

The majestic horse served in the Thames Valley Police for a decade, standing tall at over six feet.

A Royal Protector’s Legacy:

Throughout his 10-year tenure, Caesar annually guarded Queen Elizabeth II at the prestigious Royal Ascot during the Royal procession.

Despite his imposing stature, he was known for his gentle nature, particularly his fondness for strawberries. The Thames Valley Police mounted section fondly remembers him as a ‘big softie.’

From Oliver to Caesar:

Originally named Oliver with plans for a life pulling carts at county shows, Caesar’s destiny took a turn when he joined the police force.

The Horse Trust, which cared for him post-retirement, revealed that Caesar played a crucial role in providing close protection security for the late Queen at various events.

Police Service and Beyond:

During his active years, Caesar attended public order commitments nationwide, participated in security operations involving the government, and engaged in counter-terrorism patrols.

His remarkable career spanned more than seven years of peaceful retirement, during which he became the face of The Horse Trust’s sponsorship scheme.

Farewell to a Legend:

PC Laura Webb, part of the Thames Valley Police mounted section, expressed awe for the ‘huge gentle giant’ and recounted her experiences working alongside him.

Caesar’s ‘unsaddling ceremony’ in August 2016 marked his transition to retirement at The Horse Trust, where enthusiasts gathered for special ‘Caesar Sundays’ to meet him.

A Grateful Farewell:

PC Webb, on behalf of Thames Valley Police, conveyed deep sadness at the loss of Caesar, stating that the mounted section was thankful to The Horse Trust for providing him a happy retirement.

She bid farewell with gratitude: “Gallop free now Caesar, and thank you for your service.”

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