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United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth II smiling in Windsor during a rare public appearance

This horse lover went to the Royal Windsor Show, where one of her mares stood out.

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This should (a little) reassure fans of the British crown. Queen Elizabeth II appeared all smiles on Friday, May 13, at a prestigious equestrian competition in Windsor (United Kingdom), after missing the opening of the new parliamentary session for health reasons. Passionate about horses, the 96-year-old sovereign was photographed visibly relaxed on her arrival at the “Royal Windsor Horse Show”, near Windsor Castle, west London, where she now resides.

Wearing tinted glasses and a dark blue cardigan, she sat in the front passenger seat of a Range Rover. She was seen exchanging a few words and joking with a small group of people from the rolled down window of the car. Several of his horses competed including Balmoral Leia, a 5-year-old gray mare, who won and was later crowned supreme champion.

Following her mare’s victory, the Queen returned to Windsor Castle, then later returned to the horse show where she joined the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen was spotted using a cane as she made her way to her seat in the royal box.

Due to difficulties in getting around and on the advice of her doctors, Elizabeth II had given up on Tuesday to deliver the traditional speech from the throne marking a new parliamentary session, for the third time only in seventy years of reign. She was replaced for the first time by Crown Prince Charles, 73, bringing a new sign of the transition underway for the British monarchy under the effect of his health problems.

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

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