Queen Elizabeth may be a nonagenarian, but she shows few signs of letting age slow her down. Indeed, at 93, she is the oldest British monarch ever to reign, and has served for longer than any of her predecessors. Throughout her seven-decade sovereignty, The Queen has experienced many changes in how she conducts her role, but there’s one passion that remains despite her age.
Although there is a lot of pomp and circumstance involved in The Queen’s official roles, she has been a little unorthodox at times. For instance, many were surprised to see her make a cameo alongside James Bond in a movie celebrating the opening of London’s 2012 Olympics. The monarch also has been known to mingle with tourists near her home in Scotland.
Perhaps a more well-known fact about The Queen, however, is that she loves animals. Her favorite breed of dog is a corgi; she has owned more than 30 such canines throughout her life. Other pets gifted to the monarch include black jaguars, an elephant and a crocodile, which were all kept in zoos. Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth has a passion for horses and has been spotted riding aged 93.
Indeed, The Queen first learned to ride aged three and, 90 years later, shows no signs of stopping. In fact, the monarch was spotted sauntering around the grounds of Windsor Castle as recently as November 2019. Wearing a head scarf instead of a helmet so as to not mess up her hair, she rode alongside Head Groom Terry Pendry.
Furthermore, the sighting was not a one-off. The Queen regularly takes a horse out and was even riding the day the Duchess Of Cambridge gave birth to Prince Louis in 2018. As The Queen described in an ITV documentary, “I’m rather a fair-weather rider now. I don’t like getting cold and wet.” Nevertheless, daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall noted, “Who else is riding at 90? That’s what’s so incredible.”