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Princess views statue of IRA bomb blast horse

The Princess Royal views a life-size bronze statue of Household Cavalry horse Sefton, at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in North Mymms, Hertfordshire, which became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb.

The Princess Royal views a life-size bronze statue of Household Cavalry horse Sefton, at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in North Mymms, Hertfordshire, which became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb.

A life-size bronze figure of the horse which survived the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb was among the works viewed by the Princess Royal yesterday.

Princess Anne was shown the bronze of Sefton, who survived the IRA massacre, at the Royal Veterinary College in North Mymms, Hertfordshire.

The visit took place after the Princess, an accomplished horsewoman, had to abandon the official unveiling last October because fog grounded her flight.

The bronze image was funded by multi-millionaire Lord Ballyedmond who died last month along with three others in a helicopter crash in Gillingham, Norfolk.

Household Cavalry horse Sefton captured the nation’s hearts during his recovery from the IRA blast which killed four soldiers, as well as seven of Sefton’s stablemates.

A second blast two hours later that day in Regent’s Park killed another seven soldiers.

Sefton was put down at the age of 30 in July 1993 due to lameness – a complication of the injuries he suffered due to the bombing.

 

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