The Queen has suffered a devastating loss at her Balmoral Estate.
The queen has suffered a heartbreaking-blow after five of her beloved Balmoral ponies unexpectedly died within a space of five years.
Shockingly, all five of the Queen’s prized ponies died from the same mysterious disease called Equine Grass Sickness.
The unexplained illness that first struck the Queen’s Balmoral estate in 2017 has since claimed the lives of her 2-year-old filly called Friendly and her 7-year-old mother, Clunie.
This was followed by the death of her 3-year-old gelding called Omar.
These deaths were followed by two of the stud’s young stallions, Balmoral Lord and Balmoral Hercules, dying from the same illness which forced the Queen’s estate to stop it's breeding program.
The Queen’s Balmoral Stud is now working closely with the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh to find a cure for the disease.
“Here at Balmoral we are prepared to help in any way we can to make progress towards a cure for this dreadful disease,” Balmoral stud manager Sylvia Ormiston recently said in an interview.
The 94-year-old Monarch, who recently spent her summer break at the Balmoral Estate, is refusing to let her stud give in to the disease.
She recently allowed an 18-year-old stallion called Sunny of Runivraid to be leased to restart her stud.
"The Queen is involved in every decision we make," Sulvia added, saying the Queen taks great pride in her royal ponies which are often shown “for the Queen’s pleasure”.
The Highland Pony stud was established by the Queen on her 62,000 acre Balmoral estate back in 2007.