The queen is said to have defied doctors by returning to horseback riding, just days after she was seen without her walking stick in recent days due to mobility problems.
Nine months after specialists advised her to give up one of her greatest passions, the 96-year-old monarch would have been riding a horse at Windsor Castle.
“Mobility issues” have prevented her from attending some Platinum Jubilee events this month, and she was often seen using a cane during engagements.
He had even been said to be using a golf cart to “walk” his corgis, but after meeting Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Windsor without the aid of a cane, he seems to have made more progress.
A source told the British newspaper “The Sun” that the monarch had missed riding for nine months, so she enjoyed being on her horse again.
“The queen has enjoyed being on her horse again. To be riding again is a wonderful sign after such concerns about her health. To do so at 96 is quite remarkable.”
The queen used to often take part in Trooping the Color on horseback, but in more recent years the role was taken over by members of her family.
The monarch has been a committed horsewoman since she was given a pony at the age of three in 1929, and has been a devoted owner and breeder of racehorses throughout her adult life.
Buckingham Palace said Her Majesty is expected to make her annual trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week, but will make a decision closer to that date.
The 96-year-old monarch, who faces ongoing mobility problems, plans to reside at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh when other members of the royal family travel to Scotland for engagements between June 27 and July 1.
During her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Queen pledged to continue serving as monarch “to the best of my ability with the support of my family.”
The Queen’s children, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, will join the Countess of Wessex for a series of public appearances.