Queen pictured smiling and laughing at Royal Windsor Horse Show - days after missing State Opening of Parliament

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The Queen has been pictured smiling and laughing at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, days after missing the State Opening of Parliament due to mobility issues.

Wearing sunglasses and a navy cardigan-style top, she chatted to several people from the window of her Range Rover as she arrived.

She appeared in good spirits, entering the showground as members of the public held up their phones to take a picture.

The Queen's horse Balmoral Leia was named supreme champion at the event, held in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with the monarch later looking delighted as she received a gold cup.

She sat in the arena next to her son Prince Edward and the Countess of Burma, Penny Knatchbull.

The outing in Windsor comes after she missed Tuesday's opening of parliament for the first time in 59 years, with Prince Charles delivering the Queen's Speech instead.

A palace statement said it was due to her "episodic mobility problems" and that the decision had been made "in consultation with her doctors".

She was first pictured walking with a stick in October - the same month she spent a night in hospital for "preliminary investigations" - and for the next few months was under doctor's orders to only do light duties.

The last time the 96-year-old was seen in public was at the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in March.

However, she's been pictured carrying out "virtual audiences" and last month official photos showed her meeting the president of Switzerland at Windsor Castle.

The Queen celebrated her birthday at Sandringham in April, and Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark her historic 70 years on the throne are now just a few weeks away.

Opening hours for pubs and bars will be extended across England and Wales over a special four-day bank holiday from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

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