Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain attended this Sunday the final of a horse show held on the occasion of her 70 years on the throne. The event attracted a star-studded cast that included actor Tom Cruise and British actress Helen Mirren.
The 96-year-old monarch, wearing a gray shawl, was ushered into the outdoor show on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where she was greeted by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who helped her out of her Range Rover between the cheers of the crowd. "She is a woman that I admire a lot," Cruise said before the event. “I think she is someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion. What she has achieved has been historic."
The Queen has attended every Royal Windsor Horse Show since its inception 79 years ago, reflecting her keen interest in horse racing and breeding. In a photograph marking her 96th birthday in April, she was photographed with two ponies.
Elizabeth has been rarely seen in public after she spent a night in hospital last October for an unspecified illness, after which her doctors told her to rest. She has since performed functions remotely or in person at her Windsor Castle home and did not attend the State Opening of Parliament last week.
On Sunday, he used a small lift to help him get from his car to his seat, according to an ITV television reporter who broadcast the event.
The horse show kicked off celebrations to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee, which will culminate in four days of national events starting June 2. The queen also attended the show on Friday. (Written by William Schomberg; Editing by Daniel Wallis)