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Queen Elizabeth photographed riding a horse at Windsor Castle

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Queen Elizabeth II has been spotted in public for the first time since the United Kingdom’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions started.

The Queen was pictured riding Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, on the grounds of her Windsor Castle residence.

The Windsor grounds are a favourite of the Queen, who is a passionate horse lover and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Her Majesty has enjoyed riding since childhood and was closely involved with the welfare of the horses she owns for breeding, riding and racing.

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The Queen has always loved horses.(AP: Steve Parsons/Pool)

The last time the queen was seen in public was when she was driven from Buckingham Palace in London to the Windsor residence.

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Since her last appearance, she delayed carrying out official duties, and has been doing her weekly audience with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson via the phone as opposed to face-to-face.

She has also made two televised addresses to the public to address concerns over the new virus lockdown.

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