King George III gets his horse back

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The Princess Royal came face to face with another royal with a remarkably good seat on a horse when she inspected a newly restored Dorset landmark.

The gigantic figure of King George III on horseback was carved out of a steep chalk hillside at Osmington, near Weymouth in 1808, as a 'thank you' to the king who put Weymouth on the holiday map.

Over the years the 260ft figure's outline had become distorted and it has taken three years for local volunteers and organisations, including Dorset County Council, the Osmington Society and English Heritage to return it to its original glory.

The Royal Engineers and Dorset Army Cadets also helped remove the Portland stone chippings which had been used in recent years to cover the King and his white horse, Adonis, revealing the original chalky bedrock. Engineers from 702 Naval Air Squadron, based at Yeovilton, helped out....

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