Horse whisperer Monty Roberts tells of Queen's friendship
Monty Roberts, the famous horse whisperer, has spoken of his friendship with the Queen, saying without her support he would still be a cowboy in California.
The 80-year-old, who is famed for taming wild horses, said he regularly meets the monarch to discuss all things equine. His comments came after he had staged a demonstration of his skills for supporters of animal charity the Brooke.
The Queen made a surprise visit to the performance at Buckingham Palace's Royal Mews held in support of the Brooke, which urges better treatment of equine animals.
The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of the charity and hosted the event, and in the front row was Roberts' most famous supporter - the Queen.
He has become a worldwide star thanks to his innovative techniques with horses and has been staying at the Queen's private Sandringham home working with her animals.