One’s Little Pony: Queen Still Doing What She Loves Best In Her 88th Year

She was handed the reins of her first pony as soon as she could walk.

Now, as her 88th birthday approaches this month, the Queen shows no sign of giving up the pastime she has loved since childhood.

Taking in the glorious spring sunshine at Windsor in recent days, the Queen rides Carltonlima Emma, one of her favourite ponies.

article-2594656-1CBDAED400000578-990_634x393.jpgOut for a ride: The Queen enjoys the sunshine in Windsor accompanied by her stud groom Terry Pendry

article-2594656-1CBDAEE500000578-199_634x525.jpgGentle: The Queen prefers to ride stolid Fell ponies, among them her favourite mount, Carltonlima Emma

Wearing her usual riding get-up of a silk scarf over her hair, mac and jodhpurs, she was accompanied by her stud groom Terry Pendry on a gentle hack around the estate.

It is true that she doesn’t ride as regularly as she did, due in part to a niggling knee injury. And she now prefers to ride smaller fell ponies, a versatile working breed renowned for their steady temperament.

Originating from farms in the north of England, fell ponies are frequently used as riding or driving animals as they are noted for their hardiness, agility, strength and sure-footedness.

The Queen adores the breed so much she has become patron of the Fell Pony Society.

The sovereign donned a pair of white jodhpurs and cherry red leather riding boots and carried a crop in her hand as she picked her way confidently over the uneven ground on her estate.

article-2594656-1B5A15BA000005DC-420_634x408.jpgFamily album: The Queen was handed the reins of her first pony as soon as she could walk. This photograph of her on her Shetland pony Peggy in 1930 was revealed to mark the birth of Prince William’s son George.

article-2594656-04500C580000044D-230_306x506.jpgThe Queen, riding her favourite horse Burmese, takes the salute at Trooping of the Colour ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, London in 1983.

article-2594656-00BCC91200000190-916_634x382.jpgGiddyup: The Queen out riding in 1995. A niggling knee injury has mostly ended her horse-riding days

article-2594656-0450115B0000044D-553_306x423.jpgThe Queen riding side-saddle as she returns to Buckingham Palace after the Trooping of the Colour in 1963
Queen Elizabeth II riding in 1994 at Sandringham.

One onlooker said: ‘It is remarkable to think that she is a woman rapidly approaching the age of 90.

‘She isn’t seen riding out at Windsor as much as she used to but still likes to enjoy the odd hack out when she can on a fine day.

‘The ponies she rides now are fairly small and stocky but clearly are a more comfortable ride.’

Sources say the Queen is still a familiar figure at the stables at Windsor and takes a keen interest in all her horses and ponies, many of whom are now ridden by her grandchildren, most notably the Earl of Wessex’s children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn.

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One’s Little Pony: Queen Still Doing What She Loves Best In Her 88th Year

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