Sophie Wessex, 57, arrived with her husband Prince Edward, 58, and their daughter Lady Louise, 18, on the third day of the Royal Windsor horse show Saturday morning. Today marks the third day of the event, and it’s one of the Queen’s favorite events on the calendar. Sophie wore a dark gray jacket, which she paired with a long brown skirt and white printed blouse for the occasion.
She opted for a neutral makeup look and cut her hair into a low ponytail for the occasion.
The Countess, who recently returned from a trip to the Channel Islands to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, was seen checking out a driving hamper with her family.
Her daughter, Lady Louise, was wearing a blue top and pale pants.
The family’s appearance comes after the Queen attended the parade on Friday – her first public appearance since the absence of the formal opening of Parliament.
Despite ongoing mobility issues, which was a reason she did not attend the official opening ceremony of Parliament, Her Majesty was able to attend the Woyall Windsor Horse Show on Friday.
The Queen arrived in her Range Rover, to a standing ovation from festival-goers.
She closed her window to talk to her, having not missed the event for the past 79 years.
The celebrations were also famous for the love of her husband Prince Philip, 73, who died last April at the age of 99.
The Wessex family also attended on Friday alongside the Queen, where Sophie was seen taking pictures of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage and led the Phil Bonny Society’s centenary parade.
Louise lives with her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, and younger brother James, Viscount Severn in Bagshot Park, in Surrey, just miles from Windsor.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen pulled out of the Queen’s annual address due to “occasional mobility issues”, with her son Prince Charles standing in her place.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the Queen “reluctantly”, after “consulting with her doctors”, decided not to attend the opening of Parliament on Tuesday.
Since assuming the throne in 1952, Her Majesty the Queen has only been absent from three parliamentary sessions, including her absence from this week.
The other two absences were while she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.
The 96-year-old has missed a number of high-profile events in recent months due to her health concerns, such as last year’s memorial service at the memorial.
Despite her mobility issues, she was recently able to attend a memorial service for her husband Prince Philip, which took place on March 29.
Before the latest statement about her mobility issues, the Queen tested positive for Covid in February, but only had “mild cold-like symptoms”.
Last October, she spent a night in hospital after undergoing medical tests, and had to miss a memorial prayer in November due to a strain on her back.
Prince Charles, along with Prince William and other senior royals, is expected to come forward in the wake of the Queen’s health issues.
However, there is currently no indication that the Queen is taking full responsibility for her eldest son.