Queen health: Royal expert exposes REAL reason Queen takes horse rides despite risk fears

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THE QUEEN was pictured riding over the weekend in her first public appearance since the coronavirus lockdown began – and a royal expert has suggested the real reason behind the photos.

The Queen, 94, went riding in the grounds of Windsor Castle on a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern. She wore a headscarf with a tweed jacket, cream jodphurs, ankle boots and white gloves for the outing.

Royal expert Hugo Vickers said the country needs to see the Queen from time to time during the coronavirus pandemic.

She wanted to show Britain she was healthy and able to lead the monarchy, he hinted.

He told The Telegraph: “It was remarkable to see her looking so well.

“Her daily riding is her main exercise, though she also walks her dogs.

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The Queen was pictured riding over the weekend in the grounds of Windsor Castle (Image: PA)

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Royal expert Hugo Vickers said the country needs to see the Queen from time to time during the coronavirus pandemic (Image: PA)

“I think the nation needs reminders that the Queen is fit and well during these strange times.”

The 94-year-old regularly rides in the grounds of her Berkshire residence.

The Queen is known for her love of horses and is a breeder of thoroughbreds.

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The 94-year-old regularly rides in the grounds of her Berkshire residence (Image: PA)

But she always opts for headscarf instead of a hard hat when riding.

Royal author Sally Bedell Smith revealed why in an article for The Lady magazine.

She said: “While she is the epitome of caution and common sense, she has never worn a hard hat while riding.

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The Queen is known for her love of horses and is a breeder of thoroughbreds (Image: GETTY)

“It was her trainer Ian Balding who explained this mystery to me for the first time.

“’I really think it is ridiculous that you above all others do not wear a crash helmet,’ he said to the Queen while hacking in The Home Park, Windsor.

“‘I never have,’ she replied, ‘and you don’t have to have your hair done like I do.’

“It was an expression less of vanity than the practical need to be ready for her appointments.”

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The last public picture of the monarch was taken as she was driven from Buckingham Palace on March 19 (Image: PA)

The Queen is spending the coronavirus lockdown at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 98, and a reduced household.

The last public picture of the monarch was taken as she was driven from Buckingham Palace on March 19.

One of her dorgis – she has two named Candy and Vulcan – could be seen next to her in the car.

The Queen has made two televised addresses to the nation during the lockdown.

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The Queen has made two televised addresses to the nation during the lockdown (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

In May, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the Queen continues to be busy.

She is holding her weekly audience with the Prime Minister by phone and receiving her daily red boxes of Government papers.

The spokeswoman said: “The Queen continues to be busy and will follow appropriate advice on engagements.”

It followed reports that the 94-year-old could withdraw from public life for months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK