Queen looks delighted as she arrives at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen appeared in great spirits today as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said to be Her Majesty’s favourite event of the year. 

Dressed in more casual attire than usual for the occasion, the 95-year-old monarch wore a navy padded gilet over her smart white shirt, teamed with a vibrant green cardigan and cotton skirt. 

Her Majesty, who had an audience with Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle yesterday as the German chancellor continued her valedictory visit to Britain, was seen arriving first thing so as not to miss any of the action from day three of the prestigious equestrian event.

The monarch was joined at the competition – which is held in the private grounds of her home – by her youngest son Prince Edward, 57, his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and their 17-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

What a laugh! The Queen is seen beaming with joy today as she watches the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and soaks up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year in the private grounds of her home

What a laugh! The Queen is seen beaming with joy today as she watches the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and soaks up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year in the private grounds of her home

What a laugh! The Queen is seen beaming with joy today as she watches the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and soaks up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year in the private grounds of her home

All smiles: The Queen appears in great spirits this morning after arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said to be Her Majesty's favourite event of the year

All smiles: The Queen appears in great spirits this morning after arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said to be Her Majesty's favourite event of the year

All smiles: The Queen appears in great spirits this morning after arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said to be Her Majesty’s favourite event of the year

Having a great time! The Queen, who appears delighted, is a regular fixture at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is now in its 77th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world

Having a great time! The Queen, who appears delighted, is a regular fixture at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is now in its 77th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world

Having a great time! The Queen, who appears delighted, is a regular fixture at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is now in its 77th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world

A royal family affair! Later in the day, the Queen was joined by her youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor

A royal family affair! Later in the day, the Queen was joined by her youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor

Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor stand next to each other while at the event

Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor stand next to each other while at the event

A royal family affair! Later in the day, the Queen was joined by her youngest son Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their daughter Lady Louise Windsor

Sophie (pictured with Prince Edward and Lady Louise) appears relaxed in a tweed blazer, teamed with figure-hugging jeans, a smart shirt and fashionable tan boots

Sophie (pictured with Prince Edward and Lady Louise) appears relaxed in a tweed blazer, teamed with figure-hugging jeans, a smart shirt and fashionable tan boots

Sophie (pictured with Prince Edward and Lady Louise) appears relaxed in a tweed blazer, teamed with figure-hugging jeans, a smart shirt and fashionable tan boots

Sophie (pictured) wore her blonde hair straight down over her shoulders with some dainty stud earrings. The natural beauty kept her makeup minimal, finishing her look with a light pink lipstick, and a lick of mascara

Sophie (pictured) wore her blonde hair straight down over her shoulders with some dainty stud earrings. The natural beauty kept her makeup minimal, finishing her look with a light pink lipstick, and a lick of mascara

Sophie (pictured) wore her blonde hair straight down over her shoulders with some dainty stud earrings. The natural beauty kept her makeup minimal, finishing her look with a light pink lipstick, and a lick of mascara

Her 17-year-old daughter, who is a keen equestrian and is often spotted out riding with her father, the Earl of Wessex, looked equally stylish in a navy blazer, paired with a green shirt and bootcut trousers. Pictured, the family together

Her 17-year-old daughter, who is a keen equestrian and is often spotted out riding with her father, the Earl of Wessex, looked equally stylish in a navy blazer, paired with a green shirt and bootcut trousers. Pictured, the family together

Her 17-year-old daughter, who is a keen equestrian and is often spotted out riding with her father, the Earl of Wessex, looked equally stylish in a navy blazer, paired with a green shirt and bootcut trousers. Pictured, the family together

Her Majesty could be seen grinning with joy as she soaked up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year.

Meanwhile, Sophie appeared relaxed in a tweed blazer, teamed with figure-hugging jeans, a smart shirt and fashionable tan boots. She completed her elegant look with a navy hat adorned with a leather band, golden brooch and brown and blue feathers.

She wore her blonde hair straight down over her shoulders with some dainty stud earrings. The natural beauty kept her makeup minimal, finishing her look with a light pink lipstick, and a lick of mascara.  

Her 17-year-old daughter, who is a keen equestrian and is often spotted out riding with her father, the Earl of Wessex, looked equally stylish in a navy blazer, paired with a green shirt and bootcut trousers.

Lady Louise also takes after her late grandfather Prince Philip, having inherited his love of carriage driving and proved herself a talented driver from a young age. In May 2017 she made her debut at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, leading the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society into the showground.

Right on time! Her Majesty (pictured), 95, who hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle yesterday, is seen arriving first thing so as not to miss any of the action

Right on time! Her Majesty (pictured), 95, who hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle yesterday, is seen arriving first thing so as not to miss any of the action

The Queen appears to put her hands out to see whether the weather's about to take a rainy turn

The Queen appears to put her hands out to see whether the weather's about to take a rainy turn

Right on time! Her Majesty (pictured), 95, who hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle yesterday, is seen arriving first thing so as not to miss any of the action

In the driving seat! Eager to get to the grounds, the Queen is seen driving herself to the course in her Range Rover, accompanied by a female friend and security guards

In the driving seat! Eager to get to the grounds, the Queen is seen driving herself to the course in her Range Rover, accompanied by a female friend and security guards

In the driving seat! Eager to get to the grounds, the Queen is seen driving herself to the course in her Range Rover, accompanied by a female friend and security guards

All in the details: Her Majesty teamed her comfy-looking ensemble with a pair of sunglasses as well as dainty pearl earrings

All in the details: Her Majesty teamed her comfy-looking ensemble with a pair of sunglasses as well as dainty pearl earrings

The 95-year-old monarch takes a walk around the event today

The 95-year-old monarch takes a walk around the event today

All in the details: Her Majesty teamed her comfy-looking ensemble with a pair of sunglasses as well as dainty pearl earrings 

The Queen, sporting a vibrant floral blue and green ensemble, continued her busy schedule yesterday when receiving  the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, pictured left, dressed in a smart blue blazer

The Queen, sporting a vibrant floral blue and green ensemble, continued her busy schedule yesterday when receiving  the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, pictured left, dressed in a smart blue blazer

The Queen, sporting a vibrant floral blue and green ensemble, continued her busy schedule yesterday when receiving  the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, pictured left, dressed in a smart blue blazer








Yesterday, Mrs Merkel, who is preparing to hand over power after almost 16 years in the autumn and is making a series of farewell trips, went to Windsor Castle for a last official audience with the monarch after talks with Boris Johnson at Chequers.

It was the second time they have met within a few weeks, after they were seen together at the G7 summit in Cornwall last month. She and the Queen posed for the cameras, with her majesty telling the German leader they were ‘making history’.

The Queen is a regular fixture at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is now in its 77th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world. 

The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943. Last year the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and went online instead. 

Looking good: Dressed in more casual attire than usual for the occasion, the Queen wears a navy padded gilet over her smart white shirt, teamed with a vibrant green cardigan and skirt

Looking good: Dressed in more casual attire than usual for the occasion, the Queen wears a navy padded gilet over her smart white shirt, teamed with a vibrant green cardigan and skirt

The Queen arrives at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor

The Queen arrives at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor

Looking good: Dressed in more casual attire than usual for the occasion, the Queen wears a navy padded gilet over her smart white shirt, teamed with a vibrant green cardigan and skirt

A top occasion: The annual equestrian spectacular, which has long been an unmissable event in Her Majesty's diary, sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage. Pictured, the Queen at this year's show

A top occasion: The annual equestrian spectacular, which has long been an unmissable event in Her Majesty's diary, sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage. Pictured, the Queen at this year's show

 A top occasion: The annual equestrian spectacular, which has long been an unmissable event in Her Majesty’s diary, sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage. Pictured, the Queen at this year’s show

Behind the wheel: Not wanting to miss any of the action, the Queen (pictured left and right) drivers herself to the prestigious event, said to be her favourite of the year

Behind the wheel: Not wanting to miss any of the action, the Queen (pictured left and right) drivers herself to the prestigious event, said to be her favourite of the year

Queen appears to be in deep concentration as she watches the event

Queen appears to be in deep concentration as she watches the event

Behind the wheel: Not wanting to miss any of the action, the Queen (pictured left and right) drivers herself to the prestigious event, said to be her favourite of the year

Her Majesty has a winner! The Queen is pictured as her horse First Receiver comes first in the RoR Open in Hand Show Series Qualifier for former race horses

Her Majesty has a winner! The Queen is pictured as her horse First Receiver comes first in the RoR Open in Hand Show Series Qualifier for former race horses

Her Majesty has a winner! The Queen is pictured as her horse First Receiver comes first in the RoR Open in Hand Show Series Qualifier for former race horses

It was also forced to postpone in 2001 due to foot and mouth disease, while one day of the show was previously cancelled in May 2016 due to flooding.

The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982.

In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions. The Royal Windsor Horse Show continues tomorrow for its final event. 

The annual equestrian spectacular, which has long been an unmissable event in Her Majesty’s diary, sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage.

Reading up on the event: The Queen watches her horses compete on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Reading up on the event: The Queen watches her horses compete on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Reading up on the event: The Queen watches her horses compete on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Beaming! The Queen is believed to have attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

Beaming! The Queen is believed to have attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

Beaming! The Queen is believed to have attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

Eyes on the prize: The Queen appears to be paying the utmost attention as he horses race in the competition, which last year was cancelled due to the coronavirus

Eyes on the prize: The Queen appears to be paying the utmost attention as he horses race in the competition, which last year was cancelled due to the coronavirus

Eyes on the prize: The Queen appears to be paying the utmost attention as he horses race in the competition, which last year was cancelled due to the coronavirus 

The Queen was all smiles when pictured at the event

The Queen was all smiles when pictured at the event

The Queen (pictured left) with her racing manager John Warren (pictured right) during the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 at Windsor Castle

The Queen (pictured left) with her racing manager John Warren (pictured right) during the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 at Windsor Castle

The Queen (pictured left) with her racing manager John Warren (pictured right) during the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 at Windsor Castle

The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen (pictured) and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982

The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen (pictured) and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982

The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen (pictured) and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982

The Queen walking around the grounds at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen walking around the grounds at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Taking it all in: The Queen didn't take her eyes off the horses as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which continues tomorrow for its final event

Taking it all in: The Queen didn't take her eyes off the horses as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which continues tomorrow for its final event

Taking it all in: The Queen didn’t take her eyes off the horses as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show (pictured left), which continues tomorrow for its final event

Her Majesty’s visit comes after a busy week for the monarch, which saw her travelling to Scotland and meeting with the German Chancellor.

The Queen spent time in Scotland for Royal Week, which takes place each summer and sees her take part in a variety of engagements across the nation which celebrate Scottish culture, achievement and communities.

She had returned to Windsor by Thursday for the first day of the horse show and on Friday welcomed Angela Merkel at Windsor Castle.

A competitor competes in the Land Rover International Driving Marathon at the event, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle

A competitor competes in the Land Rover International Driving Marathon at the event, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle

A competitor competes in the Land Rover International Driving Marathon at the event, set in the grounds of Windsor Castle

Making a splash! The course appeared difficult as a competitor drove round the Land Rover International Driving Marathon

Making a splash! The course appeared difficult as a competitor drove round the Land Rover International Driving Marathon

Making a splash! The course appeared difficult as a competitor drove round the Land Rover International Driving Marathon

An official wears a face mask when walking around the grounds at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show today

An official wears a face mask when walking around the grounds at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show today

An official wears a face mask when walking around the grounds at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Taking in the action! Guests watch as competitors take part in a showing class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Taking in the action! Guests watch as competitors take part in a showing class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Taking in the action! Guests watch as competitors take part in a showing class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

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