Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her birthday in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her birthday in 2018.Ralph_PH / Flickr

While some of the world is getting back to normal we're still spending a great deal more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever wonder what the Queen spends her free time doing? 

With COVID-19 banishing everyone to their homes, it seems that in 2020 life is taking a slower pace and we all have a little bit more spare time on our hands.

This time could be spent learning a new skill, improving an old one, or even just catching up on some books/television/movies you haven't seen!

Everyone is hoping that this period of self-isolation won't last too long, especially with the summer months right around the corner.

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What are Queen Elizabeth's favorite past-times?

The Royals are no different to the rest of the world in the sense that they too must self-isolate, which begs the question, what are Queen Elizabeth's favorite hobbies? 

We know Her Majesty has a wide range of interests and, as Queen, has traveled the globe, so must have picked up some skills along the way!

Gardening

For a woman with access to some of the best gardens on the planet, Queen Elizabeth actually went the majority of her life without being known for having any keen interest in gardening.

That all changed, however, at the ripe old age of 91!

Reports emerged following the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018 that Queen Elizabeth had discovered a newfound love of gardening. The Telegraph reported that following a garden renovation at Windsor Castle, the Queen had become fascinated by the art of gardening, and gained some real knowledge on the subject.

Having a garden the size and scale of Queen Elizabeth's would certainly come in handy during times like these.

Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree during a visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew on May 5, 2009 in London, England. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew was celebrating it's 250th Anniversary. (Photo by Johnny Green - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II plants a tree during a visit to The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew on May 5, 2009 in London, England. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew was celebrating it's 250th Anniversary. (Photo by Johnny Green - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Pigeon Racing

Yes, you read that right. Pigeon Racing. 

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association maintains that the Royal Family have been avid pigeon racers since 1886. While it is certainly a niche interest, pigeons were gifted to the Royal Family, and quickly took up residence in the Sandringham Estate.

It has been remarked that King George and King Edward both fell in love with Pigeon Racing very quickly.

During WW2, the pigeons of the estate were enlisted as carrier pigeons and ended up returning to the estate once the fighting had stopped. Queen Elizabeth remains the patron of several pigeon racing charities to this day.

Stamp Collecting

Perhaps this is a hobby of Queen Elizabeth's that will come as less of a surprise to most people.

Stamp collecting is one of the world's most popular hobbies and is done in all cultures all over the world. Queen Elizabeth herself appears on several stamps, so it makes sense she has a collection!

Queen Elizabeth's stamp collection is said to worth upwards of 2 million pounds, according to Royal expert Phil Dampier. Her Majesty owns some of the most valuable stamps in the world and has built on what was already a stellar collection that spans across several generations in the Royal Family.

July 1946: Princess Elizabeth looking through her stamp collection in the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

July 1946: Princess Elizabeth looking through her stamp collection in the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

Horse Riding

At her age, it is unlikely that Queen Elizabeth spends much time riding horses anymore, but throughout her life, this has been a hobby she appears to come back to time and time again.

The Royals have always had an affinity for horses, and there have been several iconic shots of Royals on horseback served up over the years.

Queen Elizabeth is no different, she has been horse riding since a young age and reportedly uses the activity as a way of reducing stress and getting exercise.

What hobbies are you doing to keep you entertained during these times?

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* Originally published in March 2020.