Queen pictured outside for first time since lockdown at Windsor Great Park

Carla Harmon
June 2, 2020

The Queen carried out official duties the day before her planned departure, but held her weekly face-to-face audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone instead. Her passion for horse riding began at the age of 4, when she received the gift of her first horse. The post also shows several, older photos of Queen Elizabeth with horses.

The 94-year-old monarch was photographed in a colourful headscarf, tweed jacket, jodhpurs, white gloves and riding boots on 14-year-old fell pony Balmoral Fern.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Her Majesty has enjoyed riding since childhood and was closely involved with the welfare of the horses she owns for breeding, riding and racing.

Queen Elizabeth II went into quarantine back on March 19, when a member of her palace was found to be covid-19 positive. She has been spending lockdown with her husband, Prince Philip, at their Windsor residence.

HM may have been riding on a flat, neatly manicured lawn in Windsor Great Park.

In April, she marked her 94th birthday privately at Windsor Castle after she had cancelled all forms of public celebration amid the coronavirus lockdown. "They have dinner together in the evenings and I imagine the queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner".

"Her Christian faith means so much to her, and those rituals of going to church on Sunday and praying in chapel are not happening", a close insider recently told PEOPLE.

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.

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