Queen Elizabeth II attends the Elizabeth line's official opening at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London, England.
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The Queen is frequently showered with beautiful gifts as signs of gratitude, but on Monday she got a very special surprise.

Her Majesty loves horseback riding and horse races, and many other members of The Firm (opens in new tab) share her passion for these beautiful animals.

This year has surely been memorable for the Queen, as she prepares for her Platinum Jubilee weekend (opens in new tab), she was gifted with a stunning Karabakh horse named Shohrat, as well as two exquisite horse sculptures sculpted by Azerbaijani sculptor Faiq Hajiyev.

The Queen thanked the delegation and said, "Oh, very kind, very generous."

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The Karabakh horse is an Azerbaijani endurance horse that is used in races and endurance sports. One recently sold for the equivalent of £14,000 at auction.

Since 2012, Azerbaijan has competed in the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Equestrians from Azerbaijan staged a colourful Land of Fire spectacle this year in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which included traditional music and dances as well as riders waving Azerbaijani flags.

The four-day annual event is the UK's largest outdoor horse show, including international contests in three distinct equestrian disciplines.

The lavish event, included a slew of well-known figures, including Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren, and offered guests with a variety of musical and acting performances.

Horses and riders also headed to the arena to entertain the crowd, with Azerbaijani entertainers among the 1,300 competitors.

Members of the country's State Border Guard Service and a dance troupe dressed in traditional nation costumes performed a show named 'Land of Fire'.

Their performance, which was designed to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, featured Karabakh horses similar to the one presented to her Majesty.

The show also featured a heartfelt tribute to, Prince Philip, who died last year. Lady Louise Windsor, led an emotional procession around the arena, driving her late grandfather's carriage.

Since December 2020, Kudzai Chibaduki has worked as a trainee journalist at FUTURE, capturing all fashion, entertainment, and beauty content for the Lifestyle websites, as well as contributing to the shopping sections for Goodto.com's widely read online magazine. Kudzai previously worked as a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist, directing magazine photoshoots and coordinating the fashion direction of recording artists.