Royal Family: The Queen defies doctors’ calls to quit and starts horse riding again at age of 96

The Queen, 96, is back on horseback just nine months after being ordered to give up horse riding, it has been reported. Her Majesty was told to make lifestyle changes after she spent a night in hospital in September last year, including giving up late night television, her hectic social life, and her love of horse riding.

She has been riding horses since she got her first pony aged three and it seems despite doctors advice she couldn’t keep away. After a remarkable return to health Her Majesty has reportedly been gently riding her horse around Windsor Castle.

A source at Windsor told the Sun : “The Queen has enjoyed being on her horse again. The Queen had missed her riding over these nine months. She had been able to whizz around the castle’s Quadrangle in her golf buggy to walk her corgis. Riding Again is a wonderful sign after all those worries we had about her health. To be able to do so at 96 is pretty remarkable.”

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Her Majesty missed several Platinum Jubilee events due to mobility issues but at her thanksgiving service the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, hinted that she was still able to ride. “We are so glad you are still in the saddle and we are all glad there is still more to come. So thank you for staying the course,” he said.

When she was told to stop riding a source close to the Queen said: “She was in quite a bit of discomfort. She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life. She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.”

Something you’ll notice in every picture of the Queen riding a horse is that she never ever wears a helmet. The Queen’s horse trainer Ian Balding, who is also incidentally presenter Clare Balding’s dad, opened up to The Telegraph about Her Majesty’s decision not to put safety first. Ian said he once told the Queen: “I really think it is ridiculous that you above all others do not wear a crash helmet.”

He said she replied back: “I never have – and you don’t have to have your hair done like I do.” According to Ian, the choice to ride without a helmet over the years is because she didn’t want to have to get her hair redone after riding in case she was attending an engagement.

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