Queen Receives 'Unexpected' Welcome At Balmoral

The regimental mascot - Shetland Pony Mascot Cruachan IV - decided to relieve himself in front of the monarch during her inspection of the...

The Queen held her nose as cheeky Cruachan IV relieved himself (Picture: PA).

The Queen has started her usual summer break at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, but was met with a slight surprise.

While Her Majesty inspected the Balaclava Company, 5 Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the regimental mascot, Shetland Pony Cruachan IV, decided to relieve himself, prompting the Queen to hold her nose.

The Queen reportedly said to the pony: "Here we are again" in reference to the cheeky mascot eating her flowers and letting out a large whinny as the Queen arrived in Balmoral last year.

WATCH: last year Prince Harry got more than he bargained for when his hand was bitten by Cruachan IV.

The Regiment’s tradition of having a Shetland pony mascot began in 1928, with Cruachan I.

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.