Queen, 96, claps with joy in inspiring scenes as she indulges her passion for horses

The Queen couldn't have looked happier as she attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Castle, on Friday, just days after missing the State Opening of Parliament.

Her Majesty, who was pictured smiling as she journeyed to the four-day event, looked in great spirits as she made up for missing the first day by posing with the winner's cup after her horse won on day two.

The 96 year old, who is celebrating seventy years of service, looked typically regal for the event, wearing a green and white patterned headscarf.

She added a dark buttoned jacket atop a grey midi-dress, black buckled heels and a pair of rose-tinted shades.

The Queen was unable to wipe the smile from her face as she celebrated her horse's triumph by clapping and then lifting the winner's trophy.

This year, the monarch has 14 horses competing in various games at the event, which is the UK's largest outdoor horse show.

The annual event lasts four days and features competitions in three equestrian disciplines.

Thursday was the show's start, which the Queen missed for the first time in 79 years.

She was due to arrive but cancelled at the last minute, with reports claiming she instead made a private visit to the Royal Mews to see her horses.

It's the first time Her Majesty has been seen for a public outing since 29 March for her late husband Prince Philip's memorial in Westminster Abbey.

On Tuesday, The Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament for only the third time in her reign.

Previously, she had only missed State Openings in 1959 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and in 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Edward.

On Monday 9 May, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "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.

"At Her Majesty's request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen's speech on Her Majesty's behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance."

The word 'episodic' means "symptom-free periods that alternate with the presence of symptoms".

Thus the statement from Buckingham Palace means that the Queen occasionally struggles with mobility issues but doesn't always have problems getting around.

Her Majesty made the decision not to attend a day before the State Opening took place, which could mean that up until that moment, she had always intended to be present.

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