The Queen cannot contain her smiles as she enjoys day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show 

It’s been an exciting week for the Queen with the arrival of her eighth great-grandchild coinciding with one of her favourite events of the year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show. 

And the monarch certainly looked in great spirits today as she entertained the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, alongside her son Prince Andrew. 

The two royal families enjoy a warm relationship, and King Hamad is a regular fixture at the event, where Saturday’s King Cup is named after him. 

He shares a passion for all things equestrian with the Queen, and gave her two prized Arabian horses from his stables as a present in 2013, with her returning the favour with the gift of one of her own horses in 2017. 

The annual show, which is just a short distance from Windsor Castle and the monarch drove herself to the event in her black Range Rover.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York and the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, carefully watched the endurance phase at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York and the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, carefully watched the endurance phase at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York and the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, carefully watched the endurance phase at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Prince Andrew and the King of Bahrain, pictured together, were spotted enjoying themselves during the horse show today

Prince Andrew and the King of Bahrain, pictured together, were spotted enjoying themselves during the horse show today

Prince Andrew and the King of Bahrain, pictured together, were spotted enjoying themselves during the horse show today

In the driving seat! The Queen drove herself in her Land Rover as she arrived at one of her favourite events of the year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show

In the driving seat! The Queen drove herself in her Land Rover as she arrived at one of her favourite events of the year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show

In the driving seat! The Queen drove herself in her Land Rover as she arrived at one of her favourite events of the year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The monarch wisely brought along a pair of patterned gloves to keep warm on the chilly spring afternoon

The monarch wisely brought along a pair of patterned gloves to keep warm on the chilly spring afternoon

The Queen could not hold back her smiles as she enjoyed the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

The Queen could not hold back her smiles as she enjoyed the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

The monarch wisely brought along a pair of patterned gloves to keep warm on the chilly spring afternoon (left). The Queen could not hold back her smiles as she enjoyed the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show today

Her majesty inspected some of the competing horses at the world-famous equestrian event

Her majesty inspected some of the competing horses at the world-famous equestrian event

Her majesty inspected some of the competing horses at the world-famous equestrian event

Princess Anne was looking smart for the occasion in a grey two-piece skirt suit, teamed with a turquoise shirt and sunglasses

Princess Anne was looking smart for the occasion in a grey two-piece skirt suit, teamed with a turquoise shirt and sunglasses

The monarch wisely teamed her long khaki coat with a pair of wellies for the afternoon of sporting action

The monarch wisely teamed her long khaki coat with a pair of wellies for the afternoon of sporting action

Princess Anne, left, was looking smart for the occasion in a grey two-piece skirt suit, teamed with a turquoise shirt and sunglasses, left, while her mother the Queen, right, wore a long khaki coat and welly boots 

Her husband Prince Philip, 97, gave up his driving licence earlier this year after overturning his Land Rover in a collision with another car near the Sandringham estate.  

Also in attendance was Princess Anne, who looked smart in a grey skirt suit, teamed with a turquoise silk shirt and a gold horse brooch.  

The Queen wore a sensible khaki jacket again today and paired it with black boots, perfect for the muddy conditions after yesterday’s rain.

Today the Queen wore a white floral scarf on her head which had a delicate pink pattern on it and complimented her pink lipstick.

Yesterday Lady Louise Windsor stole the show as she competed at Horse Show.

Lady Louise, 15, is an accomplished equestrian and took part in the Private Driving Singles carriage drive, watched by her proud mother, Sophie.

Queen Elizabeth, 93, pictured, drove herself to the trials and arrived in her black Range Rover

Queen Elizabeth, 93, pictured, drove herself to the trials and arrived in her black Range Rover

Queen Elizabeth, 93, pictured, drove herself to the trials and arrived in her black Range Rover

Princess Anne, who is a lifelong equestrian fan and horsewoman, joined her mother at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is one of the favourite events of the year in the royals' calendar

Princess Anne, who is a lifelong equestrian fan and horsewoman, joined her mother at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is one of the favourite events of the year in the royals' calendar

Princess Anne, who is a lifelong equestrian fan and horsewoman, joined her mother at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is one of the favourite events of the year in the royals’ calendar 

The Queen, the King of Bahrain and the Duke of York shared a laugh while watching the endurance phase of the trials today

The Queen, the King of Bahrain and the Duke of York shared a laugh while watching the endurance phase of the trials today

The Queen, the King of Bahrain and the Duke of York shared a laugh while watching the endurance phase of the trials today

Queen Elizabeth, pictured with the King of Bahrain, changed into a dark coat with pearl buttons for the afternoon's events

Queen Elizabeth, pictured with the King of Bahrain, changed into a dark coat with pearl buttons for the afternoon's events

Queen Elizabeth, pictured with the King of Bahrain, changed into a dark coat with pearl buttons for the afternoon’s events

Her majesty wore a khaki coat and pair of wellies to the event and took some gloves with her

Her majesty wore a khaki coat and pair of wellies to the event and took some gloves with her

Her majesty wore a khaki coat and pair of wellies to the event and took some gloves with her

Queen Elizabeth, pictured, was seen driving herself to the popular event today

Queen Elizabeth, pictured, was seen driving herself to the popular event today

Queen Elizabeth, pictured, was seen driving herself to the popular event today

Queen Elizabeth, pictured in her wing mirror, has been seen at the horse trials every day since they began earlier this week

Queen Elizabeth, pictured in her wing mirror, has been seen at the horse trials every day since they began earlier this week

Queen Elizabeth, pictured in her wing mirror, has been seen at the horse trials every day since they began earlier this week

The Queen laughed and smiled with others at the trials today. The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

The Queen laughed and smiled with others at the trials today. The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

The Queen laughed and smiled with others at the trials today. The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943

The Queen looked intently at something in the programme as the day kicked off this morning

The Queen looked intently at something in the programme as the day kicked off this morning

The Queen looked intently at something in the programme as the day kicked off this morning

The teenager is an avid rider who was taught at a young age, and has inherited a love of carriage driving from her grandfather, Prince Philip. 

In May 2017, she was responsible for leading the carriages of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society at the Windsor Horse Show.

The Duke of Edinburgh himself, 97, made his way to the show in a two-horse carriage, accompanied by two aides.

On Wednesday the Queen wrapped up warm and brightened up an otherwise rainy day with her beaming smiles. 

Queen Elizabeth II is presented with her rosette for Bybeck Nightingale, after it won the Fells class 111 Horse and Hound Mountain and Moorlands In Hand during the show today

Queen Elizabeth II is presented with her rosette for Bybeck Nightingale, after it won the Fells class 111 Horse and Hound Mountain and Moorlands In Hand during the show today

Queen Elizabeth II is presented with her rosette for Bybeck Nightingale, after it won the Fells class 111 Horse and Hound Mountain and Moorlands In Hand during the show today

Her majesty, pictured today, appeared to be in her element while inspecting the dozens of horses at the trials

Her majesty, pictured today, appeared to be in her element while inspecting the dozens of horses at the trials

Her majesty, pictured today, appeared to be in her element while inspecting the dozens of horses at the trials

The Queen was certainly pleased with her winning horse, pictured, at the Royal show and made its rider laugh as well

The Queen was certainly pleased with her winning horse, pictured, at the Royal show and made its rider laugh as well

The Queen was certainly pleased with her winning horse, pictured, at the Royal show and made its rider laugh as well

Queen Elizabeth watched the horses from her own stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth watched the horses from her own stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Queen Elizabeth watched the horses from her own stand at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen laughed and smiled as she held her gloves and watched the event from her own stand this morning in Windsor

The Queen laughed and smiled as she held her gloves and watched the event from her own stand this morning in Windsor

The Queen laughed and smiled as she held her gloves and watched the event from her own stand this morning in Windsor

Princess Anne was also in attendance, and was picture-perfect for the event by pinning a gold equestrian brooch to her silk shirt

Princess Anne was also in attendance, and was picture-perfect for the event by pinning a gold equestrian brooch to her silk shirt

Her majesty tied a white and pink floral scarf around her head to keep off the chill today which complemented her lipstick

Her majesty tied a white and pink floral scarf around her head to keep off the chill today which complemented her lipstick

Princess Anne was also in attendance, and was picture-perfect for the event by pinning a gold equestrian brooch to her silk shirt (left). Her majesty tied a white and pink floral scarf around her head to keep off the chill today which complemented her lipstick

Mind the mud, ma'am! The Queen expertly navigated some muddy terrain behind the wheel of her Range Rover

Mind the mud, ma'am! The Queen expertly navigated some muddy terrain behind the wheel of her Range Rover

Mind the mud, ma’am! The Queen expertly navigated some muddy terrain behind the wheel of her Range Rover 

She wore her khaki jacket to keep off the chill and a blue silk scarf which poked out from underneath the hood.

Last year, the event fell exactly a week before the royal residence hosted the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

The five-day event, held in Berkshire, is now in its 76th year and attracts well-heeled visitors from all over the world.

It sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club – and is the only occasion on which members of the public are able to enjoy the palace grounds.

Queen Elizabeth smiled as she got out of the driving seat at the horse trials this morning

Queen Elizabeth smiled as she got out of the driving seat at the horse trials this morning

Queen Elizabeth smiled as she got out of the driving seat at the horse trials this morning

Queen Elizabeth looked relaxed at the event, which is one of her favourites

Queen Elizabeth looked relaxed at the event, which is one of her favourites

The Queen could not contain her laughter as she enjoyed the day out at the event

The Queen could not contain her laughter as she enjoyed the day out at the event

Her majesty, pictured left and right while watching the trials this morning, appeared to be having a wonderful time at the event, which is said to be one of her favourite in the equestrian calendar 

Queen Elizabeth was prepared for any weather on day three of the equestrian event with her long coat, wellies and scarf on

Queen Elizabeth was prepared for any weather on day three of the equestrian event with her long coat, wellies and scarf on

Queen Elizabeth was prepared for any weather on day three of the equestrian event with her long coat, wellies and scarf on

The Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943.

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.

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