Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 96th birthday with her two majestic ponie

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 96th birthday in good company.  

Ahead of the queen's birthday on Thursday, The Royal Windsor Horse show shared a new portrait of the monarch Wednesday evening.  

"Taken last month in the grounds of Windsor Castle, The Queen is pictured with two of her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale," wrote the official account for The Royal Family on Twitter.  

In the photo, the queen stands proudly between Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale, donning a forest green cape-style coat while holding the reins of her two ponies.  

"Happy Birthday Your Majesty!" the tweet concluded.  

In the days leading up to her birthday, the queen has spent some quality time with her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan of Sussex.  

Last Thursday, the two visited Queen Elizabeth for the first time in two years during their visit to the United Kingdom ahead of the fifth Invictus Games.  

In an interview Wednesday with the "Today" show, Harry spoke fondly about reuniting his grandmother. "Being with her, it was great," he said. "It was just so nice to see her." 

"She’s on great form," Harry said of his grandmother, who suffered a bout of COVID-19 in February. The queen has also been experiencing mobility problems and cutting back on public duties after spending a night in the hospital last fall. 

Last month she attended a memorial service for her late husband Prince Phillip and has continued to meet virtually with diplomats and politicians.  

On Easter Sunday, the queen was also missing from Sunday service at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, attended.