Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

The Queen shows she’s still full of beans aged 93 as she goes horse riding in Balmoral | Royal | News

The Queen stunned as she went out for a hack with one of her beloved horses today. The 93-year-old was seen riding by the banks of River Dee in the grounds of her Aberdeenshire estate. The Queen was not alone, as she was riding alongside a man whose face can’t be seen in the pictures. 

The monarch has arrived at Balmoral, her summer Scottish retreat, on early August, and is set to remain there until late September. 

The Queen and Prince Philip, who also loves staying at Balmoral, used to spend their summer holidays with their children when they were young. 

Now they often receive as guests their relatives – with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry believed to be heading north to visit the Queen quite soon. 

Among the members of the Royal Family who were in Balmoral in the past few days were spotted Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, her daughter Princess Beatrice and her former husband, Prince Andrew.  

The prince stayed until today, while Sarah, affectionately known by the British public as Fergie, left yesterday. 

Her departure is believed to have been caused by the arrival of Prince Philip on the estate, following claims the Duke of Edinburgh can’t stand being under the same roof as her. 

But the Queen was not left alone at Balmoral, as while she was riding Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her son, James Viscount Severn, were spotted on the River Dee.  

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In one of the pictures, the youngest child of Prince Edward and Sophie could be seen being taught how to fly fish. 

In other snaps, Sophie Wessex and the 12-in-line to the throne walk side by side near the river.   

The Royal Family has owned Balmoral Castle since 1852, and was a favoured retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 


The castle, which is worth approximately £155m according to Business Insider, counts dozens of bedrooms and is surrounded by 52,000 acres of land.

Both the Queen and her husband take a “close personal interest in running and improving the estates”, according to the official website of the castle.

While in Balmoral, the Queen loves doing the most down-to-earth activities, including the washing up, according to a royal author. 

Royal expert Juliet Rieden told Nine News: “This is where she loves to be, this is holiday time for the Queen.

“She always said this is where she feels most herself and feels most free.

“When they are out having their barbecues, which they love to do out in the grounds of Balmoral – it’s a massive estate, the most beautiful grounds – where they literally set up a barbecue.

“And afterward the Queen does the washing up.”  

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