The Queen may be scaling back her royal duties but it appears the 91-year-old monarch gave her chauffeur the day off, as she was spotted driving her Jaguar back from a Sunday church service.
It’s her first weekend at Windsor after returning from her summer holidays in Scotland, where she spent three months at her Balmoral residence.
The bespectacled sovereign was behind the wheel of the forest green car, a bright blue hat visible atop her head, accompanied by her security guard in the passenger seat.
The Queen, who is a fan of driving and who doesn’t legally need a license, has been seen on many occasions driving herself down the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.
While she is always chauffeured during royal occasions, the Queen is in fact a capable driver, having learnt to drive while serving as a mechanic in the Women’ s Auxillary Territorial Service during the Second World War.
Over the years she has been photographed on numerous occasions taking to the lanes of her Sandringham estate in a trusted Range Rover.
Earlier in the week The Queen made her first royal appearance, since her summer break, at a glittering that event marked the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Navy Service and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp.
It came in the same week that she announced she was scaling back her royal duties – the decision is part of a gradual process of delegating certain regal responsibilities to the younger generations, mindful of the monarch’s advancing age.