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Queen Elizabeth II enjoys watching the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the first public outing in weeks

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STORY: Elizabeth, 96, missed the big set-piece ceremony in parliament on Tuesday May 12 because of what Buckingham Palace described as “episodic mobility issues”. She has rarely been seen in public since she was hospitalized one night last October with an unspecified illness and then told by her doctors to rest. Since then, she has performed functions remotely or in person at her home in Windsor Castle. But on Friday she was pictured smiling happily from the front passenger seat of her Range Rover car as she watched some of her horses compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held in the private grounds of her castle. She then took her place in the stands to the applause of the crowd, walking with the help of a stick. The four days of events in Windsor which started on Thursday include “A Gallop Through History”, which features more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers and is designed as a tribute to the Queen’s 70-year reign. The final will take place on Sunday May 15, when the Queen is expected to attend, with actors Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren among the UK and international stars taking part. It kicks off celebrations to mark its platinum jubilee which will culminate in four days of national events starting June 2.

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