Long to rein over us: Queen saddles up for a new year ride at Sandringham (but shouldn't you be wearing a riding hat ma'am)
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.
Riding high: The Queen rang in the new year by taking her dark bay horse for a ride on the Sandringham estate this morning
Glamorous: The Queen wrapped up in warm navy coat, cream jodhpurs and cherry red boots for the occasion, finished with a slash of red lipstick
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.
The pair rode across a public road before entering the private grounds of Sandringham House where the Queen is spending her traditional Christmas and New Year break.
Prince Philip, 90, was believed to be resting indoors at Sandringham House following his heart scare over Christmas.
He spent four days in Papworth Hospital, Cambs, after having a stent inserted in an artery, but returned to Sandringham last Tuesday.
The Prince was well enough to walk 400 metres to Sandringham church on Sunday, where he was greeted with a cheer by well-wishers.
And they're off: The Queen and her groom crossed a public road before entering the Sandringham estate
Recovering: Prince Philip was greeted by well-wishers yesterday as he appeared in public for the first time since being admitted to hospital before Christmas with heart problems