Queen pictured riding pony in first public appearance since lockdown began

The Queen has been pictured riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle – her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown began.

Windsor is said to be the Queen's favourite royal residence and she has been photographed over the weekend riding one of her ponies, a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern.

The 94-year-old regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor and has been a passionate horse lover and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses throughout her reign.

Wearing a colourful headscarf and smartly dressed in a tweed jacket, jodhpurs, white gloves and boots, the head of state enjoyed the sunny weather that has been a contrast to the sombre mood of the lockdown.

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Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park over the weekend. The Queen has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park over the weekend. The Queen has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 1/4/2002 of Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter, the Princess Royal, riding near Windsor Castle. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 19/6/1975 of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Anne riding at Ascot. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 8/6/1982 of US President Ronald Reagan goes riding in Windsor Home Park while staying as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 18/5/1961 of Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, out riding at Windsor Castle. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
EMBARGOED TO 2230 SUNDAY MAY 31 File photo dated 21/4/2003 of Queen Elizabeth II going riding with an unidentified groom in the grounds of Windsor Castle on her 77th birthday. The Queen has been seen riding her horse this weekend in Windsor Home Park as she has been in residence at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic.
File photo dated 11/06/60 of Queen Elizabeth II riding her horse during the Trooping the Colour. It is the Queen's 94th birthday on Tuesday, but she actually has two birthdays. A Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 21, 2020. The PA news agency answers the questions surrounding the Queen having more than one birthday. See PA story ROYAL Queen QandA. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire
Granddaughter Zara Phillips (right) waves to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as she goes riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle on her 77th birthday. * A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Queen would be spending the day privately with the Duke of Edinburgh and other family and friends.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (centre) rides with her daughter, the Princess Royal (left) and an unidentified aide near Windsor Castle. The coffin of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died Saturday aged 101, will be brought from WIndsor later Tuesday to London.
Queen Elizabeth II salutes as she leaves Buckingham Palace on horseback for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, which marks her official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II riding her horse Burmese during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which marks her official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, on Burmese, leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in celebration of her official birthday. The Queen is wearing the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards.
Queen Elizabeth II out for a New Year's Eve ride at Sandringham with a member of her household.
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the uniform of the Grenadier Guards, leaves Buckingham Palace to take the salute at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. Accompanying her are (l-r) the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, and the Duke of Kent.
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by Crown Prince Akihito of Japan and Crown Princess Michiko on the course at Ascot.
The Queen and Princess Anne riding at Ascot, where they were later among the Royal spectators on Gold Cup day.
Queen Elizabeth II, in Jodpurs, talks to Princess Anne on Doublet, where she was competing in the Windsor Horse Trials at Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park.
A 'well done' pat for Doublet as the Queen congratulates Princess Anne and her mount after they had taken fifth place in the Badminton Horse Trials.
Queen Elizabeth II at the Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, taking the salute as the Guards march past outside Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade. Both mounts are Metropolitan Police horses. The Queen is on Doctor and the Duke is on Neill.
The Queen riding side-saddle as she returns to Buckingham Palace, London, after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, on the Metropolitan Police horse Doctor, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Horse Guards Parade in London.
Queen Elizabeth II riding at Ascot with members of her Windsor Castle house party for the Royal Ascot race meeting. Extreme left is the Duke of Beaufort, Master of the Horse.
Queen Elizabeth II galloping on a grey horse named 'Surprise' on Ascot racecourse.
Queen Elizabeth II riding on the racecourse before the opening of the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting. She took part in an unofficial 'race' and finished fourth to other members of her party of seven.
Queen Elizabeth II riding on the racecourse before the opening of the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting. She took part in an unofficial 'race' and finished fourth to other members of her party of seven.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Princess Margaret go out for their morning ride in Badminton Great Park before the start of the day's events in the Badminton Horse Trials.
Queen Elizabeth II, riding her police horse 'Imperial', on her way down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade and the Trooping the Colour Ceremony.
Dressed against the rain, the Queen, right, and Princess Margaret leave Badminton House with the Duke of Beaufort for a ride through Badminton Great Park.
The march past at Buckingham Palace, with Queen Elizabeth II, riding police horse Imp, taking the salute at the gate, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony. The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, on horseback with Princess Margaret at the British Horse Society's three-day trials, which opened at Badminton.
The march past at Buckingham Palace, with Queen Elizabeth II, riding police horse Imp, taking the salute at the gate, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony. On the right is the Duke of Edinburgh (on white horse). The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, riding her horse Winston, taking the salute at Horse Guards Parade. On the left is the Duke of Edinburgh, in Field Marshall uniform, and extreme left is the Duke of Gloucester in the uniform of the Colonel-in-Chief of the Scots Guards.
Riding aide-saddle and wearing the uniform of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Princess Elizabeth accompanied the King to the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, London. For the first time since before the war the Guards and Household Cavalry wore their full dress uniforms for the traditional ceremony, which brought a welcome splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. Owing to his recent illness, the King, in honour of whose official birthday the parade is held, drove from Buckingham Palace in an open landau, from which he afterwards inspected the parade. The new Colour of the Welsh Guards, presented to them by the King last month, was trooped at the ceremony. Picture Shows: Princess Elizabeth on the return journey to Buckingham Palace, approaching the Queen Victoria Memorial. Beside her in the uniform of Colonel of the Scots Guards, is the Duke of Gloucester.
Her royal highness Princess Elizabeth rides side-saddle behind her the father, The King, at her first Trooping of the Colour since she was made Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
The Princesses enjoyed an off-duty break from the royal tour of South Africa when they went riding on the golden sands of Bonza Beach, East London, Princess Elizabeth (centre) is riding Yvonne Hayhoe's 'Jill" while Princess Margaret rides 'Treasure' owned by Pat O'Reilly of East London, who is seen escorting the Princesses.
Princess Elizabeth spending her 7th birthday riding her favourite pony in Windsor Great Park.
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the garden of their wartime country residence (Windsor), where they are staying during the Second World War. In view of the need for saving petrol, their Royal Highnesses' ponycart has again been brought in to use.
The first photograph of Princess Elizabeth riding a horse, in the grounds of Windsor Castle 1930.
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The last public picture of the Queen was taken as she was driven away from Buckingham Palace to her Windsor Castle home on March 19.

One of the Queen's dorgis – she has two named Candy and Vulcan – could be seen next to her as they both looked out of the car window.

The Queen carried out official duties the day before her planned departure, but held her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone rather than face to face as usual.

The Queen has made two televised addresses to the nation during the lockdown, the first a speech to reassure the country that coronavirus would be overcome and those in isolation "will meet again", and another on a similar theme to mark VE Day.

She has been joined by the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle and it is likely a small group of household staff have been isolating with her.

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