Her Majesty stopped her Range Rover whilst driving through the castle grounds and was spotted feeding a chestnut horse a handful of treats on her way to a hunting trip with friends on Saturday.
This is expected to be the Queen’s last week at her Scottish residence, having arrived in August for her official holiday.
Taking time in Balmoral each year, the Queen has been an annual visitor to the castle since her childhood.
Each year, she is joined by other members of the Royal Family, with Prince Charles and Princess Anne spotted on public engagements this year.
Latest pictures show the 92-year-old royal wrapped up warm as the winter chill sets in, dressed in a grey anorak, a silk head scarf and sporting a pair of sunglasses.
Queen Elizabeth was snapped inspecting her horses on the way back from having lunch at Glen Clova with the Royal Shooting Party.
Joined by her entourage, the Queen headed out on a hunt in the grounds of Balmoral, where she appeared to give her chauffeur the day off, driving her Range Rover herself.
Well known for her love of horses, she was also spotted feeding one chestnut pony with what appeared to be a mint that she’d taken from her coat pocket. She also paid a visit to a white horse on the rugged terrain.
Since her arrival at Balmoral in August with Prince Philip, visitors to the Queen have included her children and great grandchildren.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been seen around the Balmoral estate, but has not stepped out in public following his retirement. The Queen’s husband, who had a hip replaced in June, is reported to have been enjoying hunting and catching fish in the River Dee, which runs through the estate.
The Queen, who usually enjoys a low-key existence during her holiday, however, has been engaging with the public during her time in the highlands.
Her Majesty was last seen at Crathie Kirk chapel in Balmoral several weeks ago while attending Sunday Service. Her Majesty’s last official public engagements were on July 13 and 14, when she welcomed overseas visitors – most notably President Donald Trump – to Windsor Castle.
The royals have been enjoying quality time together in the Queen’s favourite holiday residence, with picnics and barbecues in the grounds.
Balmoral, which was bought by Prince Albert for £32,000 in 1852, is said to be the Queen’s favourite home.