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Our favourite pictures of the Queen off duty: from horse-riding to walks on the beach…

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Chloe Ash
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The Queen is an extremely busy woman, attending 283 engagements in 2018 alone. At the age of 92, Her Majesty rarely gets a moment to relax. Regularly we see her in bright colours, pearl necklaces and beautiful hats at engagements. But sometimes even the Queen has a day off, usually opting to dress down with a headscarf and flat pair of shoes. From attending numerous Royal Windsor Horse Show's to walking along the beach, here are the best pictures of the Queen off duty…

The Queen at Blamoral Castle in 1986

The Queen looks relaxed in Scotland at the start of her annual holiday in August  1986. Her Majesty moves back to Balmoral Castle every year for a Scottish annual summer break. Whilst on the annual visit, she fills her time with various activities including picnics by the River Dee, deer stalking and long walks. Former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told HELLO! "It's just home from home, a place where she can just get away from it all, putting her feet up and give her the chance to just enjoy two months of holiday."

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Badminton Horse Trials in 1976

The Queen at the Badminton Horse Trials in April 1976, with a dog that is a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund, a Dorgi. The Queen appears to have opted for a comfortable outfit of a coat, tights and flat shoes.

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Western Isles Cruise in 2006

Her Majesty looks relaxed stepping off the Hebridean Princess cruise ship at Stornoway after a holiday around the Western Isles with Prince Philip to celebrate her 80th birthday in 2006. Her Majesty looks casual in suede coat, headscarf and trousers.

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Royal Wndsor Horse Show 1982

Here Queen Elizabeth II looks particularly stylish at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1982, Her Majesty is smiling as she watches her husband compete. HELLO! loves the Queen's sunglasses – what a look!

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 1989

The Queen showing off her best casual look to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1989. The Queen has attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event in 1943, with the five-day show being held in the private grounds at Windsor Castle.

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2006

Her Majesty is pictured here on the second day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2006. The Queen is looking stress-free in a tartan skirt and shirt as she walks the grounds of Windsor castle.

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Royal Windsor Horse Show 2007

Her Majesty is spotted here attending the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2007, the 92-year-old's horse, Barber's shop, won the Tattersalls and RoR thoroughbred. The Queen was caught smiling throughout the day, enjoying some well-deserved rest!

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