Queen Elizabeth II performs at an equestrian competition





(London) Queen Elizabeth II appeared at a prestigious equestrian competition in Windsor on Friday with a beaming smile, enough to allay concerns about her health days after missing the opening of Parliament’s new session.

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The 96-year-old Sovereign, who is passionate about horses, was visibly relaxed upon arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, near Windsor Castle in west London, where she now resides.


PHOTO STEVE PARSONS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Queen smiles as she arrives at the Royal Windsor Horse Show near Windsor Castle.

She wore tinted glasses and a dark blue cardigan and was sitting in the passenger seat of a Range Rover. She was seen exchanging a few words and joking with a small group of people from the car’s rolled-down window.

Several of his horses competed, including Balmoral Leia, a gray five-year-old mare who won and was later crowned Supreme Champion.


PHOTO STEVE PARSONS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Several of Queen Elizabeth II’s horses take part in the equestrian competition.

“I didn’t expect to see her, it was a wish, a dream but never a possibility,” Cathy Paige, an American tourist from Massachusetts, told the PA news agency, adding, “It was a moment I never would have will forget .

After her mare’s victory, the Queen returned to Windsor Castle and later returned to the horse show, where she joined the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen was spotted with a cane as she walked to her place in the royal box.

Due to difficulties in getting around and on the advice of her doctors, Elizabeth II on Tuesday gave up delivering the traditional speech from the throne to a new parliamentary session, for only the third time in 70 years of reign.

She was first replaced by Crown Prince Charles, 73, who, under the influence of his ill health, launched a new sign of transition for the British monarchy.

The Queen’s appearances have become rare. Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital last October for reasons that were never revealed. She was also infected with the corona virus in February.

Her last public appearance was on March 29 when she attended the thanksgiving service for her late husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021 at the age of 99.

His absence from the throne speech had raised questions about his attendance at the platinum jubilee celebrations of his 70th reign in early June, which are unparalleled for a British monarch.

According to a YouGov poll for the daily The timesa third of Britons think they should withdraw.

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