The Queen’s favorite hobby celebrated in sweet unseen photo to mark her 95th birthday

Her Majesty couldn't look more relaxed in this down-to-earth photo

Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017 in Chichester, United Kingdom.
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In honor of the Queen’s momentous 95th birthday, the Royal Windsor Horse Show has shared a never-before-seen photo of the monarch—and it pays tribute to one of her favorite hobbies.  

The Queen marked her landmark 95th birthday this week with a poignant message of thanks for the “support and kindness” she and the Royal Family have received in the aftermath of Prince Philip’s death. Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, it’s understood that plans to celebrate the Queen’s birthday were suspended as she grieves for her husband of 73 years.

However, it’s likely Prince Philip himself would have approved of the touching tribute posted by the Royal Windsor Horse Show in honor of the Queen’s special day. Prince Philip’s passion for carriage driving helped him break down barriers and it’s a hobby that his granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor has been inspired to take up. Meanwhile, the Queen is a keen horse rider and the Royal Windsor Horse Show is one of her favored summer events to attend.

After being adapted into a virtual event last year due to the pandemic, it has recently been confirmed that the show will return as normal this year, no doubt delighting the Queen, who has often watched her own horses compete. 

Now the official Royal Windsor Horse Show Twitter has celebrated her 95th birthday with a very down-to-earth photo of Her Majesty that really showcases her love of horses.

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In it, the Queen is beaming between two beautiful horses, gently holding their reins and standing in a sea of vibrant yellow daffodils. 

She is wearing a relaxed navy quilted jacket and check skirt and keeps things simple with no visible jewelry or other adornments.

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‘On the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday, the Committee and show office would like to send Her Majesty their best wishes’, the caption reads.

Royal fans were pleased to see the Queen looking so relaxed and happy alongside the horses, with one writing: “What a beautiful photograph. Simplicity at its best. Happy 95th Birthday to our Queen Elizabeth.”

“Wow what a beautiful and joyful picture. Great” another commented, while someone else declared: “Magnificent photo, love this.”

These heartfelt tributes to the Queen will no doubt be of comfort to her, as she faced her first birthday since losing Prince Philip.

He is believed to have kept a particularly romantic birthday tradition going during their marriage, causing more heartache for the Queen as she will never again get to enjoy this special gesture.

The day after her birthday marks the ending of the Queen’s period of royal mourning on April 22. Following this, she will return to royal duties, although it’s reported that the Royal Family will “step up” to support her at future engagements.

The Queen will surely be needing the support of her loved ones more than ever at this difficult time.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!