The Copper Horse
The walk begins at the George IV Gateway at Windsor Castle. The Copper Horse is a statue of George III on horseback, and is said to represent George as an emperor in the Roman tradition riding without stirrups, along the lines of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. However other myths about the lack of stirrups are told also, such as the artist having died before completing the statue, leaving just the stirrups unfinished.
The statue was commissioned by George's son, George IV, and bears an ironic inscription: the best of fathers in Latin. Like so many father–son relationships in the Hanoverian family, however, George III and George IV were known to have despised one another.