Queen Elizabeth II is out and about! On Friday, the 96-year-old royal made a surprise appearance at The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park in Windsor, England, not too far from her current residence. This was her first public appearance since March.
The annual event is said to be one of the Queen’s favorite, and she was seen seated in the audience alongside Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Queen Elizabeth wore a colorful scarf over her head, a dark blue coat, bright pink lipstick and a huge smile. She also watched part of the event from the comfort of her vehicle.
As part of the horse show, the Queen got to see her great-granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in the saddle of the late Prince Philip's carriage, which led a parade through the arena.
Queen Elizabeth II attends The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 13, 2022 in Windsor, England.
Queen Elizabeth's appearance comes after she was unable to attend the Opening of Parliament on Tuesday due to episodic mobility problems. Instead, Prince Charles was on hand to deliver the Queen's message for the first time ever, marking only the second time in Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign that she did not deliver the message herself.
ET spoke with royal expert Katie Nicholl earlier this week, who expressed that it's unclear how much we'll see of Queen Elizabeth at her upcoming Platinum Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II receives the winners cup at The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 13, 2022 in Windsor, England.
"We know it's her intention, and obviously her wish to be there on the Buckingham Palace balcony," Nicholl said. "I think this expectation that we're going to see the Queen very visible and very high profile during the Platinum Jubilee is a little unrealistic, and I think people do forget, because she is so remarkable, because up until now she has always been so robust and she's enjoyed such good health -- we do forget she's 96, we forget that earlier this year she suffered from COVID, a year ago she lost her husband -- I think all of these factors have taken their toll, and she is now, I think, showing her age and certainly, beginning to feel her age."
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at The Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park on May 13, 2022 in Windsor, England.