Queen Elizabeth unable to ride horses or walk her beloved dogs

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Queen Elizabeth has always loved animals and is famous for her fondness of corgis. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Queen Elizabeth has always loved animals and is famous for her fondness of corgis. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The queen has had to forego her evening tipple, stop walking her dogs every day and now it emerges she's had to stop riding horses too. 

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Queen Elizabeth also enjoys horse-riding as a pastime. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The 95-year-old monarch had to give up riding two months ago after she started feeling discomfort. "She adores riding and it's been part of her ritual for most of her life," a royal insider says. "She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September."

However, the queen is determined to get back in the saddle again soon - but for now, it's doctor's orders. And that means, Ma'am, that you need to take it easy and rest up. 

The monarch has been following a punishing schedule since returning to Windsor from her summer break in Balmoral and recently spent a night in hospital. She is now back on light duty at Windsor but has cancelled her highly anticipated appearance at the upcoming COP26 climate change conference in Wales.

According to insiders, the queen is especially missing walking her beloved dogs every day. Dogs have always been part of the monarch's life and strolling around the grounds with them one of her greatest pleasures.

Her Majesty has owned corgis since 1944 and currently has two pups of the Welsh breed and one dorgi (a corgi/dachshund mix) named Candy. Dorgis were first bred by her sister, Princess Margaret, and became a favourite of the monarch's too. 

Candy is the queen’s only remaining dorgi after the sad loss of Vulcan in 2020. "Clearly, the loss of a loved pet is upsetting,” an insider said at the time.

Over the years Her Majesty has owned over 30 dogs. She received her first corgi, Susan, as a gift on her 18th birthday and loved the animal so much they were practically inseparable over the next 14 years.

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Princess Elizabeth with her pet Corgi Susan at Windsor Castle on 30th May 1944. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

The queen snuck Susan into her wedding in 1947, reportedly hiding her under a pile of blankets in the royal carriage. The dog also accompanied her on her honeymoon in Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

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When Susan died at Sandringham House in January 1959, she was buried in the pet cemetery on the estate founded by Queen Victoria.

Susan’s final generation of descendants was born in 2003 but the queen kept only two of the pups, Holly and Willow, and then decided to stop breeding the dogs.

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The monarch has owned 30 corgis during her reign. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

In 2012 Willow appeared alongside the queen and James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a opening ceremony extravaganza for the London Olympic Games.

Willow, the last remaining of the monarch's pure-bred corgis, passed away in 2018.

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Her Majesty pictured in a portrait with one of her beloved corgis. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Earlier this year Her Majesty received two new tail-wagging pups, Fergus and Muick. Sadly, Fergus died of a heart defect just a month after Prince Philip's passing.

Walking her dogs daily is one of the queen's greatest pleasures and she will be keen to get back to the activity, insiders say. But for now, it's rest up, Your Majesty – doctor's orders! 

The queen's trio of pooches is being walked by palace staff while she recuperates. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Express, CNN, The Sun, Town and Country

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