In the courtyard of Windsor Castle, the 96-year-old monarch received a rare Karabakh horse as a gift from President Ilham Aliyev. The Queen was pictured smiling and holding a cane as she met representatives of the Azerbaijan Equestrian Federation.
Besides the horse, named Shohrat which means glory, the ruler also received two equestrian-themed sculptures by Azerbaijani sculptor Faiq Hajiyev.
The monarch received the gifts from the president after his country was invited to perform at recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen, who has always been passionate about all things equestrian, described the gesture as “very kind, very generous”.
The Karabakh horse originated in Azerbaijan and is used for endurance trials and races.
One recently sold at auction for the equivalent of £14,000.