"The Queen marked the start of her Diamond Jubilee year with a New Year's ride in the grounds of Sandringham House this morning.
The 85-year-old monarch wrapped up warmly against the elements in blue riding jacket and cream jodhpurs as she exercised her horse at the Norfolk estate.
And in a nod to the easy elegance she does so well, the Queen finished off her equestrian look with bright red lipstick and cherry red riding boots.
Having driven herself in a Range Rover from Sandringham House to her nearby stables for the ride, the Queen was joined by a smartly-dressed male groom who accompanied her on the outing.
A few moments later, the Queen emerged into the winter sunshine on an impressive dark bay with glossy feathers and a neatly trimmed coat, accompanied by her groom, who was riding a dapple grey pony.
The Queen eschewed a hard riding hat for the ride, instead covering her head with a neatly-tied scarf and hood. "
HM has always ridden this way...this is the common way to ride in England and is it considered (kinda) uneducated to ride otherwise...children are taught from tiny things to use them
That's how I was first taught, all my lessons were in double reins. I only started single rein as an adult. And 20 hrs ago in the Arab show ring under saddle hunters were in double reins as well. I don't know what the rules are now.
Interesting they are both riding with double bridles on a trail ride. I wonder why?
Military/elbow bit with two reins on the gentleman's horse and a swales pelham on the Queen's. At first I did think she might be using a double but the 'snaffle' ring overlaps the top of the curb too much for there to be 2 seperate bits.