Joey the Warhorse meets with the Queen
The Queen has celebrated the National Theatre's 50th anniversary by meeting the prancing horse from its acclaimed stage production, Warhorse.
The monarch has seen the smash-hit show, based on the novel by Devon-based author Michael Morpurgo, which tells the moving story of Joey the horse who served in the First World War.
During the Diamond Jubilee River Thames pageant last summer, the Queen was all smiles as she laughed and pointed at the mechanical puppet, as it ran across the roof of the National Theatre as the royal barge sailed past.
"It's lovely to see you again!" the Queen told Joey (operated by Gareth Aled, Darren Cockrill and Sam Wylott) yesterday, as her tour of the South Bank theatre company beside the Thames came to an end.
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Puppeteer Mr Aled said Joey had also travelled to Windsor Castle to visit the monarch. He added: "She's familiar with horses and with Joey. It's a very lovely privilege to have that meeting, she knows horses probably better than we do."
Joey walked up to the Queen and followed her as she walked to her waiting state limousine before rearing up on his hind legs as the car departed. Mr Aled added: "It's all about striving for realistic horse movement, every horse movement should feel life-like."
The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with the Hollywood star Sir Laurence Olivier as its first director, and over the decades has staged 800 productions.
It has premiered plays by world leading playwrights and been home to outstanding revivals of classic plays and musicals.