Queen Elizabeth II attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday and watched her beloved equines at the horse and riding show from the comfort of a Range Rover before heading to her box for her first in-person public appearance in weeks.
The monarch sat in the front passenger seat and spoke to a small group through the window after stopping in the parade ground near Windsor Castle, where she has spent much of the last two years. She seemed relaxed and smiled as dozens of photographers tried to capture the moment a few feet away.
The queen’s public appearances are closely watched as Britain prepares to celebrate 70 years on the throne with four days of festivities from June 2-5.
Isabel, 96, has reduced her schedule in recent months as she recovered from COVID-19 and dealt with unspecified difficulties getting around.
On Tuesday, he asked Prince Charles to preside over the State Opening of Parliament and deliver the Queen’s Speech, which sets out the government’s legislative agenda. The event is one of the queen’s most important public appearances and highlights her constitutional role as head of state.
Buckingham Palace did not elaborate on what prompted the queen to delegate the role to her son Charles, but she has suffered from what the palace calls “episodic mobility issues” in recent months. Elizabeth has used a cane during some recent public appearances, and Prince Andrew accompanied her to Westminster Abbey during last month’s memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip.