Queen’s new horse riding photos to inspire Brits as UK emerges from lockdown

Queen’s new horse riding photos to inspire Brits as UK emerges from lockdown

Photos of the 94-year-old monarch riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle in her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown were released yesterday. Her majesty was seen enjoying the outdoors while riding 14-year-old fell pony, Fern. The pictures were released on the same day many parents across the UK prepared to send their children back to school for the first time in ten weeks.

A photographer from PA Media was welcomed into Windsor Home Park to photograph the queen outside the confines of Windsor Castle for the first time since lockdown.

The pictures of Elizabeth enjoying her favourite sport over the weekend were reportedly arranged due to leaked reports.

Stories about the Queen riding had already leaked in the British press.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “New photographs of Her Majesty The Queen riding at Windsor have been released.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s return to horse riding could be the key to easing Brits out of lockdown (Image: THE ROYAL FAMILY)

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The queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle with husband Prince Philip and a scaled down team (Image: GETTY)

“The images were taken over the weekend and feature Her Majesty riding Fern, a 14 year old Fell Pony.

“The photographs were taken by a PA Media photographer in Windsor Home Park.”

Courtiers have said the images were not intentionally timed to coincide with parents sending their children back to school, but privately admit they were pleased Newsweek reported.

Asked whether the pictures were co-ordinated, a royal source told the publication: “No, but clearly the timing of it is helpful.”

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Courtiers have said the images were not intentionally timed to coincide with parents sending their children back to school, but privately admit they were pleased (Image: GETTY)

The queen has been isolating at Windsor Castle with husband Prince Philip and a scaled down team.

Her household recently introduced a new working system nicknamed “HMS Bubble,” which sees around 22 staff live in for three weeks at a time, before taking three weeks off with their families.

The new images come as horse racing returns to British screens, and Dickie Arbiter, Elizabeth’s former press secretary, said the monarch is sure to be watching.

He told Newsweek: “It will have meant a lot to her to go out riding again. She would have missed it.

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The new images come as horse racing returns to British screens, and experts say the Queen is sure to be watching (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen has remained a strong presence in the minds of the British people throughout the coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY)

“If someone wants to go and play tennis they can play tennis. She likes riding horses, she can go out riding horses.

“That speaks volumes, it shows she along with everybody else is following the guidelines.

“The message is life goes on as normal or is beginning to get back to normal.

“As was her message in April when she said ‘we will see our friends again, we will see our families again, we will meet again’.

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Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

He added: “I’d be surprised if she wasn’t watching the horse racing today. She’ll be pleased with that.

“She’ll be sad people can’t go because of the restrictions on crowds. But she’ll be pleased racing is back and that other people can pursue the sports that they do.

“People will have to watch from afar rather than taking part physically.”

The Queen has remained a strong presence in the minds of the British people throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Queen has remained a strong presence in the minds of the British people throughout the coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY)

In April, she gave a historic address to the nation in which she invoked wartime spirit in urging the county to show resolve during the lockdown.

Her majesty has made several other addresses, including to help the country mark VE Day without the usual public events.

The Queen has also continued her weekly meetings with the Prime Minister over the telephone from Windsor Castle.

The monarch appears eager to get business back to usual as soon as it is safe to return to her duties in the traditional way.

Published at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 01:17:00 +0000