Queen Elizabeth II personally inspected her horses at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The horse lover was beaming with joy at the traditional event in the park of her Windsor Castle residence near London on Friday. The 96-year-old had canceled the opening of parliament ceremony in London on Tuesday due to health problems – only for the third time in her 70-year reign. Heir to the throne Prince Charles represented his mother. It was then speculated that the Queen would not come to the Horse Show either.

Elizabeth, wearing tinted glasses, was driven in an SUV to the grounds near the castle. There, while sitting in the passenger seat, she spoke to several people through the open car window. The Queen is a horse lover and owns several of the animals. In one of the competitions, one of her horses even won first place. The monarch, who had put on a headscarf as usual for outdoor leisure activities, later accepted a trophy for one of her horses, visibly pleased.