Queen Elizabeth, 94, is back in the saddle, riding her pony without a helmet at Windsor Castle

Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Queen Elizabeth is back in the saddle, riding a pony at Windsor Castle, where she has been semi-isolated in residence since the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, her 14-year-old Fell pony, at Windsor Castle.

As the official The Royal Family Twitter account pointed out with pictures throughout her life, the queen has enjoyed riding since childhood, and is closely involved in the welfare of her horses she owns for breeding, riding and racing.

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" as she discussed the dark early days of World War II in Britain. Yet the country eventually triumphed against all odds.

"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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