Queen ‘back in the saddle’ and riding again as she defies doctors to ditch walking stick
The Queen is reportedly horse riding again and has managed to get "back in the saddle" after months of mobility issues and being spotted using a walking stick in public.
Her Majesty, who recently turned 96, has been closely monitored by doctors advising her to use a walking stick for all public engagements.
But it's claimed that the Royal defied her medical team to jump back on her beloved pony without her mobility aid.
The Queen, whose greatest passion is horses and riding and has been ever since she was a young child in 1929, was reportedly spotted riding the animal around her estate in Windsor.
It comes nine months after she was advised to stop riding altogether.
According to The Sun, Her Majesty had been missing trotting on her pony so much she decided nine months was long enough without her favourite activity.
"The Queen has enjoyed being on her horse again," a source told the publication. "Riding again is a wonderful sign after those worries about her health.
"To do so at 96 is pretty remarkable," the insider said.
The Queen's decision to take the plunge followed an engagement at Windsor Castle days earlier, where she was seen without her walking stick.
The monarch smiled and shook hands as she undertook an official meeting with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and appeared to be in much better spirits after struggling with ongoing pain in her legs.
What's more, the Royal was also seen welcoming Australia's Governor of New South Wales, Margaret Beazley, this week.
Wearing a bright and sunny floral yellow dress, the monarch smiled and enjoyed chatting to the official as she posed for pictures in Windsor.
While the monarch did her best to attend events for her Platinum Jubilee earlier this month, and was seen carefully walking with her support and close family members to help her, she was forced to pull out of certain things.
After a busy day at Trooping the Colour with the rest of the Royal family, the Queen suffered aches and pains, meaning she had to withdraw from the Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral.
She also missed a number of the weekend's celebratory events, but it was said that after a conversation with her eldest son Prince Charles, 73, she managed to attend the closing ceremony following the Jubilee pageant on the final day.
The Royal was also said to be using a golf buggy to "walk" her beloved pet dogs, as she wasn't able to move easily without the assistance.
"She had been able to whizz around the castle’s Quadrangle in her golf buggy to walk her corgis," the publication added.
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