Who is Sir Michael Oswald?
Sir Michael Oswald was the former manager of the Royal Studs, another Queen Elizabeth II’s personal loss, who reportedly died at the age of 86. Oswald was known to advise the 94-year-old monarch, as well as the Queen Mother, and presided over their racing interests for nearly three decades.
Queen suffers another loss as racing advisor and close friend Sir Michael Oswald dies aged 86 https://t.co/UqN72oiS6J
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) April 20, 2021
Sir Michael Oswald Biography
Born in 1934, Sir Michael was raised in his hometown Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. He went on to attend Eton before King’s College, Cambridge. In 1969, he was recruited as manager of the Royal Studs, which he would run for the next six years from Hampton Court.
He later moved to Sandringham estate in Norfolk and enjoyed a golden age for the Queen’s racing in the 1970s.
Her top performers included Highclere, winner of the One Thousand Guineas, and the French Oaks, according to the Daily Mail.
Sir Michael Oswald Wikipedia
Oswald worked for the Queen Mother from 1970 until her demise in 2002 before accepting the role of the Queen’s racing advisor in 2003. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in the 2020 New Year Honours list.
It’s worth noting that Equestrian sports are one of the royal family’s undying passions. In fact, the Queen had learned to ride a horse when she was just three. “There was never a better and more knowledgeable owner to answer to,” Oswald once said of the Queen and her interest in the sport.
Sir Michael Oswald Wife
Sir Michael was married to Lady Angela, who served as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother for several years.
She paid tribute to her late husband. “He always said he had the most wonderful job anybody could ever have had and that for all his working life he was simply doing what he would have done had he been a rich man who didn’t have to work,” Angela told the Racing Post.
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Oswald would often tell stories about the Queen’s great sense of humor and their close friendship.
One notable story was that of a horse she had in training called Harvest Song.
Oswald once recalled how he made his usual call to the Queen’s page, Barry Mitford, at 10 am one day to tell him that the horse was running in the 2:30 at Fontwell and that the event was being televised in case they wanted to watch it or record footage for her.
“Barry got rather excited at this, asking will it win and should he have a flutter,” Oswald recalled. “I told him under no circumstances should he waste any money on it: that I had more chance of winning the 100m at the Olympics.”
But Harvest Song, which reportedly started the race as a 50-1 rank outsider, went on to win the race by five and a half lengths. Oswald later phoned the Queen to ask if she’d watched the race. “Oh yes, and may I say that Barry is standing next to me,” she replied. “If I was you, I would find some dark glasses and a good disguise next time to come anywhere near this place,” she quipped.
Sir Michael Oswald Death
Having said that, Sir Michael Oswald’s passing is the second tragedy to hit the Queen after the loss of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, on April 9, at age 99. The loyal Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest on Saturday in a scaled-down funeral in Windsor, with just 30 mourners allowed to attend.
How old was Sir Michael Oswald?
Sir Michael Oswald was 86 years old at the time of death.