Today sees the start of Her Majesty The Queen’s annual summer stay at Balmoral.
The 91-year-old monarch smiled was greeted by cheeky Shetland pony named Cruachan IV as she arrived at the estate in Scotland.
She was also met by Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, who signalled the Queen’s arrival with a guard of honour.
The Regiment’s tradition of having a Shetland pony mascot began in 1928, with Cruachan I.
His successor very much made his presence known; as the queen arrived, he let out a loud whinny, prompting the Queen to say to him:
"We know where you are!"
5 Scots frequently provide soldiers for such ceremonial occasions, being the Public Duties Company of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The troops will remain nearby for the duration of Her Majesty’s stay, providing guards throughout.