Scott Morrison says Queen Elizabeth acted ‘like a schoolgirl’ after gifting signed biography of Winx


Scott Morrison has recalled the moment the Queen became excited ‘like a schoolgirl’ when he gifted her a signed biography of retired champion racehorse Winx.

The former prime minister presented Queen Elizabeth II with the gift during a visit with his wife Jenny to Buckingham Palace in June 2019.

Mr Morrison had been granted an audience after leading the Coalition government to victory at the federal election. 

He admitted he was nervous and had no idea what gift he should present to the Queen so he turned to former Liberal prime minister John Howard for advice.

The former prime minister presented Queen Elizabeth II with the signed biography of Winx during a visit with his wife Jenny to Buckingham Palace in June 2019 (pictured)

Scott Morrison recalled the moment the Queen became excited 'like a schoolgirl' when he gifted her a signed biography of retired champion racehorse Winx (pictured)

Scott Morrison recalled the moment the Queen became excited ‘like a schoolgirl’ when he gifted her a signed biography of retired champion racehorse Winx (pictured)

‘And he said, ‘mate she loves horses, she loves her horses’, and so you know, we came up with the idea of the Winx biography,’ he told Sky News on Friday.

‘And so we brought it along and I had it in the little bag there as we met, we were bowing and holding this bag.

‘We mentioned it to her and she was pretty keen to sort of pull it out. She pulls it out, like a schoolgirl, she’s flicking through and looking at the photos.’

Winx is an Australian thoroughbred racehorse that won 33 consecutive races between May 2015 and her retirement in April 2019.

Horses were among the passions of the Queen with many close to her believing she was never happier than when she was on a racecourse watching her mares. 

In 2013, her filly Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup, with jockey Ryan Moore on board.

Queen Elizabeth II loved seeing them race and loved making breeding plans for her horses at the Royal Studs. 

There were hand-written letters each autumn to her trainers detailing the yearlings they were being sent.

She also loved the trips in the spring to see them and their trainers as well as the hours just chatting with the people who looked after her horses.

Horses were among the passions of the Queen with many close to her believing she was never happier than when she was on a racecourse watching her mares (pictured, Queen Elizabeth II chatting with jockeys at Randwick racecourse in 1970)

Horses were among the passions of the Queen with many close to her believing she was never happier than when she was on a racecourse watching her mares (pictured, Queen Elizabeth II chatting with jockeys at Randwick racecourse in 1970)

Mr Morrison told SkyNews he was nervous and had no idea what gift he should present to the Queen so he turned to former Liberal prime minister John Howard for advice

Mr Morrison told SkyNews he was nervous and had no idea what gift he should present to the Queen so he turned to former Liberal prime minister John Howard for advice 

Mr Morrison said she ‘really lit up’ when he spoke to her about her love for horses.

Mr Howard said her passion and knowledge of the animal was evident when he met the Queen during a trip to Windsor Castle as prime minister in 1997.

‘I mentioned something about Winx and, of course, her eyes lit up,’ he told ABC.

‘I’d really struck a great chord. I think she had more knowledge of Winx than I did. 

‘I mean, I knew a little bit about Winx, but I didn’t pretend that I’d had a Bob Hawke-like knowledge of it.’

Mr Morrison said Australians should spare ‘a thought and a prayer’ for King Charles as he steps up to lead the British monarchy after the loss of his mother. 

Under royal protocol Charles immediately went from being Prince of Wales to King Charles III, head of the British royal family, when his mother’s 70-year reign suddenly ended.

Mr Morrison said Australians should spare 'a thought and a prayer' for King Charles as he steps up to lead the British monarchy after the loss of his mother (Pictured, Charles kisses his mother's hand during her Jubilee Celebrations)

Mr Morrison said Australians should spare ‘a thought and a prayer’ for King Charles as he steps up to lead the British monarchy after the loss of his mother (Pictured, Charles kisses his mother’s hand during her Jubilee Celebrations) 

‘Spare a thought for King Charles III, when we heard him speak at the jubilee celebrations, I think he referred to [the Queen] as mummy,’ Mr Morrison told Sky News.

‘That showed an affection in the relationship that was quite touching.

‘And I do really feel for King Charles at the moment. Here he is stepping into this great moment of history in his own life and in the world’s history but he’s dealing with the grieving process of his ”mummy”. And that must be very hard for him.

‘So I think as a country we should be sparing a thought and prayer for King Charles III and the whole family… this is a great loss to their family, an earthquaking loss, and we’re all with you.’

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