The Queen is the best grandmother in sweet resurfaced video with Prince William and Princess Eugenie
The Queen is so often linked to the crown, the monarchy and supporting the country, as well as the Commonwealth, that you forget she is herself a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother. The 95-year-old monarch has four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Behind the scenes of public service, we have been treated to many glimpses of what the Queen is like when she is off-duty and spending time with her family.
And in a recently resurfaced video from 1992, we see the Queen relaxing at the Balmoral Estate in Scotland as she goes pony trekking with her young grandchildren, including Prince William, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
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There are several brilliant videos of the Queen that delight royal fans when they resurface, and this is certainly one of them.
The unbelievably sweet clip features the Queen with Zara Tindall, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
As the video begins, we see a small Princess Beatrice dressed in brightly coloured dungarees and a riding helmet holding the reins of a pony called Smokey.
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The Queen speaks to Prince William before calling to toddler Princess Eugenie to come and lead her big sister on the pony.
Princess Beatrice has clearly inherited her grandmother’s love for horses and she desperately tries to pull herself up onto Smokey.
The groom then lends her a helping hand and lifts her onto the pony.
While her feet are being placed in the stirrups, Princess Beatrice proclaims: “I’ve got my red boots!” to which the Queen says: “That’s very smart.”
Princess Eugenie couldn’t miss out on the fun as she toddles over to the group, but she gets a bit too close as the Queen says: “Ow! That’s my foot you’re standing on!”
As the group head off, with Princess Eugenie walking hand-in-hand with the Queen, we get an excellent glimpse of Balmoral Castle.
The Queen provided a rare insight in the clip as she explained how she wants to “keep the place as Queen Victoria had it”.
Following a walk on the courtyard in front of the castle, the more experienced riders, Zara Tindall – who now has an Olympic medal – and Prince Harry rode off away from the rest of the group.
Princess Beatrice wasn’t having any of it because she asked where they were going and said: “Can I come?” several times.
When the Queen said “One day you will, yes, when you’re a bit bigger,” she cried “No!” – prompting the group to follow swiftly behind- how sweet!
The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie later explained: “It’s the most beautiful place on earth. I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands.”
Speaking to ITV for the documentary ‘Our Queen At Ninety’ in 2016, she added: “Walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.
“It’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa, for us to come and see them up there; where you just have room to breathe and run.”
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