The Queen was forced to give up horse riding two months ago after suffering "discomfort", it has been claimed.

The monarch, 95, was told to stop riding for now - but is said to be determined to get back in the saddle soon.

Her Majesty is known for her love of horseback riding and as an avid racing fan.

Last week, she spent a night in a private London hospital and was then advised to rest at home at Windsor Castle, but she has since resumed "light duties" and her weekly audience with the Prime Minister.

Earlier this week, she announced she would not be travelling to Scotland for the UN climate change conference Cop26.

It is said the Queen has not been on a horse since her summer break in Scotland.

A Balmoral source told the Sun: “She was in quite a bit of discomfort. She adores riding and it has been part of her ritual for most of her life.

"She has been extremely disappointed not to go riding since the beginning of September.”

The Mirror understands the Queen is not giving up riding permanently, while royal sources claim she plans to return to the saddle after resting.

Reports also claim the Queen has been unable to walk her beloved dogs as she continues to recuperate.

She has held her weekly meeting with the Prime Minister as she continues to carry out light duties.

The head of state and Boris Johnson spoke by phone the day after the Queen announced she would not be travelling to Scotland for the UN climate change conference Cop26.

An entry in Wednesday’s Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements, said: “The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP (Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury) had an audience of The Queen via telephone this evening.”

It is the first time the two national figures have conducted their traditional catch-up chat in three weeks.

There are no details in the Court Circular of Mr Johnson having an audience with the Queen last week when she was advised to rest and cancelled a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

The Prime Minister was on holiday the preceding week, and the last official note of a telephone meeting between the pair was on October 6.

The 95-year-old monarch was due to travel to Scotland for the high-profile Cop26 evening engagement on Monday, but she will now record a video address for delegates.

It is understood the Queen very much wants the conference to be a success and result in meaningful action from the participating nations.

The Queen faced preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years, and has twice used a walking stick in recent weeks.

She returned to work on Tuesday, carrying out virtual audiences from Windsor Castle, her first official engagements in seven days, after she was ordered to rest by doctors – and later that day spoke with Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of the Budget.

Buckingham Palace today declined to comment on reports the Queen had been forced to stop horse riding in recent weeks.

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