Smiling Queen arrives at Royal Windsor Horse Show

The 96-year-old chatted with officials as she was driven on to the showground.

Smiling Queen arrives at Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen has arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to watch her animals take to the parade ring.

The 96-year-old was driven on to the showground in a Range Rover.

She sat in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, casually dressed in a white blouse and a blue cardigan-style top and wearing sunglasses.

Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Queen chatted to officials as she arrived at the showground (Steve Parsons/PA)

She appeared relaxed, smiling and laughing as she chatted, while just a few feet away dozens of photographers tried to capture the moment.

Inside the parade ring, horses were put through their paces as relaxing classical music was played over the public address system.

Dozens of members of the public were also keen to have a memento of the occasion, holding up camera phones to record their glimpse of the Queen.

Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Royal Windsor Horse Show is one of highlights of the Queen’s year (Steve Parsons/PA)

She reached her Platinum Jubilee in February, overcame a bout of Covid after testing positive that month, and celebrated her 96th birthday on April 21 privately at her Sandringham estate.

Last October, she spent a night in hospital and over the following three months was under doctors’ orders to only conduct light duties so missed a number of prominent events.

The Queen has been using a walking stick in public since she attended a service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion last October.

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