Queen Elizabeth officially moved into Balmoral Castle in Scotland for her annual summer break on Monday. And the 92-year-old monarch was all smiles, looking elegant in a sky-blue outfit and matching floral hat.
As is often her style, the Queen wore a simple blue overcoat with a jaunty matching hat and sleeved shift floral dress underneath, further brightening up an already cheerful ensemble with a multi-strand pearl necklace and large brooch. She matched her gorgeous dress with her favourite black buckle loafers and a black patent handbag.
She arrived to a procession of bagpipes and received a warm welcome from most well-wishers who gathered to catch a glimpse of the monarch. Having said that, she received a less than friendly welcome from the Shetland Pony Mascot Cruachan IV. As the Queen made her way into the castle, the cheeky pony relieved itself in front of her. Pictures captured showed the Queen holding her nose in disgust as she walked away.
The three-year-old pony made headlines last year when he tried to nibble the Queen’s posy during a visit to Stirling Castle, prompting the monarch to tell him to “go away”. He also tried to bite Prince Harry in Edinburgh when the royal went to pat him.
Throughout her life, the Queen has always adored horses — she was given her first horse when she was just four years old. The monarch also attends the Windsor Horse Show annually and is known to get rather spirited at the Royal Ascot.
Queen Elizabeth usually heads north to her Scottish estate for her annual summer break as Buckingham Palace opens for the holidays. The castle is open to the public until the end of July and has been prepared for the Queen’s arrival over the last week.
It comes after she gave English broadcaster and TV legend Sir David Attenborough a personal tour of the gardens at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, showing her delight at the grounds she’s called home for most of her life.