As world leaders who share an interest in all things equestrian, we’re not surprised that HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HM Queen Elizabeth II seem to get along famously.
And the pair of them have just caught up again, chatting trackside at the Windsor Royal Endurance Race in the United Kingdom.
HH Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, was there to support the eight Emirati riders taking on the course.
He was joined by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.
At 120 kilometres, the endurance race is a definite challenge, but 110 riders were up for it. In the end, Bahrain’s Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa won the day with a time of 05:04:48.
He was followed in second and third place by Sheikh Rashid bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum and Abdullah Ghanem Al Marri.
If you’re thinking this particular event seems familiar, you’re on the money. HH Sheikh Mohammed and HM Queen Elizabeth II were spotted enjoying a laugh at the 2017 Windsor Royal Endurance Race.
At the time, the Dubai Media Office said the royal pair discussed “historic ties, friendship, and co-operation between the UAE and the United Kingdom.”
It looks to us like they found time for a bit of levity, too.
And then last June, the leaders met again at the Epsom Races. This time HRH Princess Haya was on hand too, and she and Queen Elizabeth II both opted for sunny yellow outfits.
Princess Haya is a vocal supporter of the long-reigning Queen, sharing a heartfelt tribute on the monarch’s 91st birthday last year.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s longest reigning monarch, but it is not the duration of her reign that sets Her Majesty far ahead and apart from others, it is the fact that Her Majesty has reigned through times of both incredible change and turbulence, never failing to meet every challenge and adversity with unwavering energy and complete selflessness,” HRH wrote.
“She is in herself the personification of goodness, faith and values in our world.”
Similarly, HH Sheikh Mohammed congratulated the Queen and Prince Philip on their long marriage back in November.
Will these royals next see each other at St George’s Chapel on May 19? We understand there’s a bit of a family function going on that day…
Well, that remains to be seen, but we’ll keep you updated.
Images: Dubai Media Office