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Queen skips first day of Royal Windsor Horse Show minutes before departure 

NewsQueen skips first day of Royal Windsor Horse Show minutes before departure 


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Her Majesty pulled out of the visit to the first day of the Show on May 12 just minutes before she was due to be chauffeured to the grounds where the four-day-long competition is taking place, it has been claimed. The Queen was reportedly due to be taken to the Show – which distances some 500 yards from her private apartments at Windsor Castle – by car.

However, her appearance was called off shortly before her five-year-old horse First Responder was due to compete, The Sun wrote.

Nevertheless, the Queen is understood to have later travelled privately to the castle’s Royal Mews to see the other horses which have entered the contest.

Dampening health fears for the sovereign, a source told the publication: “She simply changed her mind.” 

After pulling out of it on Thursday, the monarch, who has 14 horses competing in a string of events during the Show, travelled to the contest on its second day on May 13. 

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The Queen (here pictured in 2019) missed the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show (Image: PA )

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The Queen hasn’t missed the Royal Windsor Horse Show over the past eight decades (Image: PA)

The monarch appeared in great spirits as she was driven to the grounds where the competition is taking place. 

Remaining on the front seat of her comfortable Range Rover, the monarch donned a pair of sunglasses and a blue cardigan on top of a blouse. 

This marked her first public appearance since March, when she attended the memorial service for Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey. 

The Queen is known to love horses and horse racing and has been attending without fail the Show over the past eight decades. 

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The Queen arriving at today’s events at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (Image: GETTY)

The next major horse racing event the Queen is reportedly hoping to attend is the Epsom Derby, which took place this year on June 4, in the midst of the extended bank holiday dedicated to the Platinum Jubilee. 

While royal fans hoped to see the monarch finally triumph at the Derby this year, all her horses meant to attend have been pulled out of the race. 

Today’s public appearance will surely delight royal fans concerned about the mobility issues the monarch is experiencing. 

These problems forced Her Majesty to pull out of two events planned for this week. 

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The Queen is known to love horse racing (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952 (Image: GETTY)

On May 10, she was represented for the first time by Prince Charles at the State Opening of Parliament. 

The Prince of Wales read the Queen’s Speech on behalf of his mother and acted in the role of Counsellor Of State. 

As such, he had to be accompanied also by a second Counsellor, Prince William, to be able to fulfil the constitutional duty. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was also in attendance.  

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Residences of members of the Royal Family in the UK (Image: EXPRESS)

Upon announcing her absence, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday evening: “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.” 

Prince Charles and Camilla represented again the Queen on May 13, when they hosted the first garden party at Buckingham Palace since the beginning of the pandemic. 

The Queen first sparked health fears among royal fans on October 20, when she cancelled her scheduled trip to Northern Ireland to mark its centenary. 

It was later revealed she was taken to hospital for “preliminary tests”, the nature of which was never disclosed. 

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The Queen is experiencing mobility issues (Image: GETTY)

Among the important events the Queen missed late last year there was also the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, which the monarch had to skip after spraining her back. 

This year, she has so far only left her residence for an engagement to attend the service of thanksgiving for her beloved late husband. 

However, the Queen continues to carry out several duties within palace walls, including audiences. 



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