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Queen invites 'horse-mad' Penge schoolgirl to Royal Barracks following letter
A PLUCKY Penge schoolgirl enjoyed a ‘dream come true’ when the Queen invited her to visit the Royal Barracks.
Molly Walkling, eight, wrote to Her Majesty to find out why there were so few women in the Household Cavalry.
The horse-mad youngster was stunned when a Royal Household employee replied on behalf of the Queen, thanking her and saying her comments would be passed on to the Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond.
Shortly after, Molly who attends Alexandra Junior School in Cator Road, Penge, received a letter from the Ministry of Defence inviting her to tour the Royal Barracks in Hyde Park.
Mum Jane Walkling said: "We had an absolutely fantastic tour of the barracks and Molly was treated like a superstar.
"She even met one of the horses that pulled the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's carriage on their wedding day.
"At the end of the tour she was taken into the yard and was asked to help with dismissing the Queen's guards who had just come back from their duty.
She added: "It was a dream come true for her and she got to see how to shoe a horse, how the saddles are made and learn about the barracks."
Molly, who rides twice a month at Southborough Lane Stables, Bickley, was prompted to write to the Queen after visiting the Household Cavalry Museum in Whitehall.
She said: "I felt excited when I got the letter from the Queen and shocked when I got the letter from the Ministry of Defence inviting me on a tour."
"When I’m older I’d like to join the Royal Barracks as a horse guard but also run my own farm or stables."
The Household Cavalry was formed in 1661 under the direct order of King Charles II.
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