From the end of July through mid-October, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh spend their annual holiday at Balmoral Castle, originally purchased in 1852 by Prince Albert for his wife, Queen Victoria.
A few weeks ago, a tourist captured footage of Her Majesty enjoying an early morning horse ride, something she’s done since childhood. Wearing her signature scarf (despite efforts to try and make her wear a riding helmet, HM has refused), Elizabeth II rode out of the estate’s gates and on to the main road.
The tourist told the Daily Mail that he asked an officer if there was any chance of seeing the Queen. Just after the officer said “No, there’s little chance,” Her Majesty came trotting out on her horse.
The Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English tweeted the Queen’s feelings about being filmed with phones:
US Ambassador Matthew Barzun says the Queen told him how strange she finds it that people just stand holding up their phones to film her.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) September 1, 2014
If it were me, I’d just start waving like a fool (after curtsying, natch).