Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY
Published 7:24 p.m. ET May 31, 2020
The 93-year-old queen acknowledged the daunting challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis but offered hope.
Photographs of the 94-year-old queen riding Fern, her 14-year-old Fell pony, were released Sunday by Buckingham Palace. In the first public appearance since her coronavirus quarantine, the British royal wears a colorful head scarf, a tweed jacket and a determined look, bypassing a protective helmet.
While staying home with husband Prince Philip for the past 10 weeks, Elizabeth marked her birthday on April 21 in low-key fashion, connecting with her family via high-tech video conference to celebrate.
The oldest and longest-serving monarch (68 years and counting) in British history is passionate about her equine pursuits, with daily horse rides that have continued despite the pandemic.
Amid the global coronavirus crisis, the queen appeared May 8 on the BBC in a video pre-recorded at Windsor Castle to commemorate VE Day, the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe.
She vowed that “better days will return.”
“At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain. But we kept faith that the cause was right and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through,” she said in the address. “Never give up, never despair. That was the message of VE Day.”
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