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The Queen is back riding horses despite health advice

Her Majesty is said to have been extremely disappointed when she was unable to ride a horse (Picture: Getty Images)

Her Majesty is said to have been extremely disappointed when she was unable to ride a horse (Picture: Getty Images)

The Queen has resumed horseback riding nine months after she was advised not to continue riding due to health reasons.

Doctors had told the monarch to avoid the activity after experiencing “discomfort” in October.

The news came months ahead of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, when mobility issues prevented the 96-year-old from attending various events.

But the Queen now feels strong enough to return to the saddle, the Sun has reported.

According to insiders, the king has been enjoying “gentle excursions” on horseback around Windsor Castle.

She had used a golf buddy instead of a horse to tour the property during her “ban” from horseback riding.

A Windsor Castle source told The Sun: “The Queen has missed riding for these nine months.

“She’d been able to zip around the square of the castle in her golf buggy to walk her corgis.

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The Queen is reportedly enjoying ‘gentle travel’ again around Windsor Castle (Image: REX)

“The fact that we can ride again is a wonderful sign after all the worries we had about her health. To be able to do that at 96 is quite remarkable.”

The Queen’s return to the saddle was briefly mentioned during her platinum jubilee celebrations.

Speaking at the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said: ‘We are so glad you are still in the saddle and we are all glad that there is more to come.

“So thanks for staying the course.”

The Queen loves horses almost as much as she loves corgis (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Queen loves horses almost as much as she loves corgis (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Queen’s love of horses is said to have started at the age of three.

Her first recorded riding lesson was in January 1930 on a Shetland pony at the private riding school at Buckingham Palace Mews.

She became a fixture at Royal Ascot Races and the annual Windsor Horse Show.

She shared the monarch’s love of horses with her mother and has been breeding and running racehorses for more than 60 years.

Thoroughbreds owned by the Queen have won four of the five flat race classics – the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger – and she only eluded the Derby.

Princess Elizabeth feeding a horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1944 (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Elizabeth feeding a horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1944 (Image: Getty Images)

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The Queen passed her passion on to daughter Anne (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The Queen’s approximately 180 horses and ponies are kept at various royal residences and stables from Sandringham to Balmoral.

The Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, who was interviewed a few years ago for a BBC documentary about the monarch’s passion for horse racing, said: ‘Look, I think that early on, when she became queen, I think she sacrifice yourself had to have an awful lot of emotions and thoughts about the future and everything else.

“But I think with horses it’s a different world as it just reduces you to the person in relation to the animal and you’re not a queen, you’re just a human being.”

The Queen’s love of horses has been passed down to daughter Princess Anne, who is also a keen equestrian fan.

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