Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom looked far from 90 years when she was spotted on Monday heading out on her black pony along the bank of the River Thames, close to her Windsor Castle.
Not only was she enjoying her favourite hobby, she seemed so relax with the stallion and without a helmet, rather the Queen opted for a scarf wrapped around her head.
Growing up as a royal, the monarch was said to have learnt horse ride at age 3 and had since been a core fan of horses and reaching age 91, she is reported to spend most of her time at Windsor Castle, rather than Buckingham Palace in London.
Elizabeth is the world’s oldest reigning monarch as well as Britain’s longest-lived. In 2015, she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant and female head of state in world history.
Last year, just before Christmas, the queen reportedly suffered from cold which kept her indoor as she missed the New Year church service in Sandringham. Then some pranksters rumour on a spoof BBC news account tweeted the death of Queen Elizabeth at 90. It read:
“BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90. Circumstances are unknown. More to follow.”
The account was later suspended with a clear message from Buckingham Palace spokesman who said:
“The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
Queen Elizabeth II Of Nigeria
Recall Queen Elizabeth II was once referred as Queen of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963 when the country was an independent constitutional monarchy. After Nigeria became independent on 1 October 1960 under the Parliament of the United Kingdom’s Nigeria Independence Act, the retention of the monarchy became unpopular with Nigerians, and all the countries political parties agreed that Nigeria should be a republic.
Nigeria also severed all link with the British monarchy, and adopted the President of Nigeria as head of state, on 1 October 1963.
However, the Queen visited Nigeria twice: 28 January–16 February 1956 and 3–6 December 2003, the latter time to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003
In her first visit to Nigeria in 1956, she was welcomed at the airport by federal dignitaries including the Minister for Labour and Welfare Festus Okotie-Eboh and Governor-General Sir James Robertson.
The video below is that of Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to Lagos,Nigeria.
During her younger days as a royal princess, Elizabeth served in public duties. As part of her exposure in public service her Father who became the King George VI appointed her as colonel-in-chief of the Grenadier Guards from whence Elizabeth made her first public appearance inspecting the troops in 1942.
The Royal Majesty also trained side-by-side with other British women to be an expert driver and mechanic during the World War II, which allowed her a glimpse into a different, non-royal world.