LONDON ENGLAND.- Elizabeth II appeared smiling on Friday at a prestigious equestrian competition in Windsor, in images released seeking to allay concerns about her health just days after she was replaced by his son Carlos in an important parliamentary appointment.
Very fond of horses, the 96-year-old queen was photographed smiling and relaxed as she arrived in a car at Royal Windsor Horse Show near Windsor Castle, some 40 km west of London, where he has lived since the start of the pandemic.
Wearing tinted glasses and a dark blue cardigan, she appeared sitting in the front seat of a Range Rover.
From the lowered window of the vehicle, she was seen exchanging a few words and laughing with a small group of people.
Several of the monarch’s horses participate in this competition.
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Due to mobility problems and following the advice of her doctors, Elizabeth II resigned on Tuesday to deliver the traditional speech from the throne that marks the start of a new parliamentary session every year.
It is the third time that he has missed this important constitutional appointment in his 70-year reign and the first time that he is replaced by his son Carlos, 73-year-old crown prince, taking a new step in the progressive transition of monarchical functions due to his growing health problems.
In recent months her public appearances have become very rare, she has been seen walking with a cane and complained that it is difficult for her to move. According to the British press, she uses a wheelchair in private.
The health of the queen worries since in October spent a night hospitalized to submit to “tests” whose nature was never specified. Also got infected with the coronavirus in February, which she said left her “very tired.”
Her previous public appearance had been on March 29, on the occasion of a mass in London in honor of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in 2021.
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His absence from the speech from the throne had raised questions about his participation, in early June, in the “platinum jubilee” celebrations that marked his 70-year reign, a record for a British monarch.
According to a YouGov survey for The Times newspaper, a third of Britons think they should retire.