THE Dyfed Shire Horse Farm family in Eglwyswrw will be welcoming their greatest equine son back to the farm one final time next Monday.

Major Mercury, born Dyfed Grey Celt on the farm in 2005, will return to be buried in the soil on which he was born, with a short service to celebrate an extraordinary decade-long life of service for Queen and country as senior drum horse in the Household Cavalry..

The British Army will bring him home from London to allow him to rest with his mother Dyfed Countess and other Shires in the shadow of the Preseli Hills.

In addition, to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Anniversary in 2022, the family will be participating in the Queen's Green Canopy, in conjunction with Cool Earth, by planting a tree in Celt's honour, on the day of his burial.

More trees will be planted over the winter months.

There is an open invitation to anyone who wishes to attend this unique event. Usual farm entry rate applies and arrival is recommended by 10am for the morning service.

"We are all immensely proud of everything that Celt achieved in the Household Cavalry,” said a spokesperson for the farm.

β€œHe went from being a premature, underweight foal when born, to one of the most respected and loved animals in the British Army.

"We warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us on this special day to pay tribute to Celt as we lay his ashes to rest whilst at the same time participating in the Queen's Green Canopy by planting trees.

"As we only have a limited amount of space available on the day and to comply with current Covid guidelines, we request that those who wish to attend contact us in advance to be added to the guest list.

"We hope that many old and new friends join us as Eglwyswrw and the wider communities of the Preseli Hills celebrate the life of a remarkable horse."