The Queen was spotted riding at Windsor Castle over the weekend

By Heather Cichowski

It's been widely reported that part of the Queen's new routine during the coronavirus pandemic includes daily horseback rides. Royals fans were treated to photos of Her Majesty on one of her beloved horses over the weekend.

The 94-year-old monarch has been isolating at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip during the COVID-19 lockdown. The new photos show the Queen on Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, during a lovely ride in Windsor Home Park over the weekend of May 30 and May 31.

Prince Charles's mother is a keen rider and has a passion for horses. She looked right at home in the saddle of Balmoral Fern on her recent ride. The Queen appeared to enjoy a trot on a sunny late spring day.

Her Majesty rode unaccompanied, and she was dressed for the ride in beige jodhpurs, a hunter green check blazer and a pink kerchief with multicoloured print. The ensemble marked one of the rare times the Queen has been seen wearing trousers! Her outfit was finished with white gloves and maroon riding boots.

Two photos of the event were shared on the Royal Family's Instagram on May 31.

"The Queen is pictured riding Fern - a 14 year-old Fell Pony - in Windsor Home Park this weekend," the description read.

"Her Majesty has enjoyed riding since childhood and is closely involved with the welfare of the horses she owns for breeding, riding and racing."

Keep calm and ride on! Her Majesty enjoyed a ride at Windsor Home Park over the weekend. Photo: © Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images

HELLO! UK reported the photos were taken from an appropriate social distance as the Queen rode around Home Park in Windsor, a private royal park.

The images come ahead of Royal Ascot, one of the most popular royal events on the calendar. In light of COVID-19, Royal Ascot will not be open to the public this year, according to a statement on its website. The horse racing event is set to take place from June 16 to June 20 behind closed doors with "spectators" able to watch live on television.

The Queen on the final day of Royal Ascot in June 2019. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Like all of us, Her Majesty has had to adjust to a new normal. On March 19, she was moved to Windsor Castle – a week earlier than her traditional Easter schedule. The Duke of Edinburgh was flown by helicopter from Wood Farm in Sandringham to Windsor, according to HELLO! UK.

Instead of returning to London as she typically would, the 94-year-old has remained in Windsor in keeping with lockdown guidelines. It is thought she will remain there for the foreseeable future.

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The nonagenarian has been keeping active and lending her support during these uncertain times. The Queen made a special broadcast on April 5 where she spoke about the coronavirus. She offered words of encouragement and said how we will overcome it together.

On May 8 at 9 p.m. BST, Her Majesty gave an emotional speech marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The broadcast was made at the exact same time her father, the late King George VI, spoke to announce Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945.

Additionally, the Queen participated in a tribute for International Nurses Day on May 12 that included many members of the Royal Family. The monarch was heard at the start of the video in a telephone call to medical staff. She acknowledged nurses have had "quite an important part to play recently" with COVID-19.

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