By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,
The Queen has been photographed riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle – the first time she has been seen outside since the coronavirus lockdown began.
The 94-year-old monarch was pictured on a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern over the weekend.
She regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor, which is said to be her favourite royal residence.
The Queen has been isolating there with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, and a small number of staff.
The Queen could be seen riding around Home Park, next to Windsor Castle, over the weekend, wearing a green jacket and a colorful scarf.
The images, released Sunday, feature the monarch riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fell pony, according to a Buckingham Palace news release.
The Queen has long been known for her love of equestrian pursuits, including horse racing, and has regularly been photographed on horseback over the decades.
The monarch turned 94 in April but the traditional royal gun salute to celebrate her birthday was canceled for the first time in 68 years. A royal source told CNN that she felt it would be inappropriate due to the pandemic.
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Trooping the Colour, the military parade held annually in mid-June to mark the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday, was also canceled.
Last month, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Elizabeth gave a rare televised speech from Windsor Castle in which she likened the British public’s response to the pandemic to the efforts of British soldiers during World War II.
That followed another speech, in April, in which she called for unity in the face of the pandemic.