The Queen, 94, is pictured for the first time since heading to Windsor Castle for lockdown as she enjoys horse ride

The Queen has been pictured for the first time since the beginning of lockdown after heading to Windsor Castle to isolate.

Her Majesty, 94, was seen enjoying a horse ride in the grounds of the castle over the weekend, one of her favourite activities since she was a child.

The Queen was all smiles as she headed out with a 14 year old Fell Pony named Balmoral Fern while at the royal residence.

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Wearing a pink patterned headscarf, the Queen was smartly dressed in a green tweed jacket, white gloves and brown boots.

It’s the first time the Queen has been pictured since she was driven away from Buckingham Palace in London on March 19.

The Queen has been spending lockdown at her "weekend abode" Windsor Castle. She arrived in March and is self-isolating in her private apartments with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 99 in June.


The pair have enough room to enjoy “their own space”, says royal expert Ingrid Seward. They also have 22 members of staff on hand, including trusted aide Paul Whybrew and official dresser Angela Kelly.

“The Queen’s desperate to get to Balmoral for the summer but I think she’s coping very well at Windsor,” Ingrid told OK! magazine.

“This is the first opportunity in her entire working life that she’s had any time to herself. She’s enjoying her freedom. She’s an inquisitive woman and with the castle closed to the public she’s getting to nose around in areas she can’t usually visit.

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“The reduction in air traffic is wonderful, too. Normally, planes fly over every two minutes.”

“The Queen always says if she stops, she drops, so she’ll be keeping busy. But as a creature of habit, the lack of a strict routine will be getting to her,” Ingrid explained.

Her customary daily timetable features afternoon tea and her regular evening bath. It’s been reported that she loves using Elizabeth Arden products and a large natural sea sponge when she takes a dip.

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“Her Majesty likes to keep her brain active,” says Ingrid.

“She’s very, very quick at crosswords and enjoys word games, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she plays Scrabble. She likes jigsaws, too, but those are kept at Balmoral and Sandringham as they’re holiday pastimes. She’s also very orderly and likes cataloguing personal things, so she’s probably catching up with her photograph album.”

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