The Queen arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show red carpet, and was welcomed with a delighted roar from the crowds. Her majesty arrived inside the arena in spectacular fashion, handing her walking stick to an aid and then stepping out of the back of the Range Rover without assistance.
The Queen wore a pale blue ensemble, paired with a grey shawl and her signature pearl earrings. As Her Majesty walked the red carpet the crowd rose to their feet to applaud her.
Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by Prince Edward, her youngest child and patron of The Royal Windsor Horse Show, who organised the much anticipated event. Her majesty sat near Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex through the performance. It was reported that her majesty was smiling widely throughout the 90-minute long event.
Billed as a “personal tribute to our monarchy”, the production takes the audience through more than five centuries of history. Featuring international and national military, equestrian and dance displays. Starting with the reign of Elizabeth I, performers sparked emotion in viewers as they brought to life some of the key players and events in British history.
The show saw more than 500 horses and 1000 people performing. Counted among the actors was Damien Lewis, Dame Helen Mirren and Tom Cruise. In an interview with Phillip Schofield ahead of the show, Cruise expressed that he is honoured to take part in the event, celebrating the jubilee and he spoke of his admiration for the Queen.
Tom Cruise also announced the performance of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as “one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays”.
Welsh mezzo soprano, Katherine Jenkins said “It is a massive honour of course to be invited to sing for her majesty at any time, but I think especially for the show this evening.”
“I think she’s, you know, so incredible and such a great role model and it’s nice to have the opportunity to all come together and show our deep gratitude for all that she has done for the country and the commonwealth.” Jenkins added.
The equestrian extravaganza also included the kingsguard of Norway, sent over to Windsor by the Queen’s second cousin, King Harold of Norway. The splendid and most anticipated performance has been carried out every night since Wednesday, with royal guests viewing the performance almost every night.
Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace revealed plans for June’s celebrations, which are scheduled over a four-day bank holiday weekend. Among the events are a £15m carnival featuring a puppet dragon as wide as the Mall, and a Platinum Jubilee Pageant on the final day of celebrations which will include performances by some of the world’s biggest names, including Ed Sheeran and Sir Cliff Richard.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin to take place on the 2nd of June 2022. The Royal British Legion has been able to offer members of the Armed Forces community the opportunity to be a part of the celebrations in the heart of London, along with hundreds of others looking to celebrate her majesty’s 70th year of ruling.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee timetable of key events
Thursday 2 June – Queen’s birthday parade and Trooping the Colour takes place – as Platinum Jubilee Beacons across in 2,000 towns and cities light up
Friday 3 June – National Service of Thanksgiving is held at St Pauls. Ringing of Great Paul, the restored biggest church bell in the country
Saturday 4 June – The Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse
Sunday 5 June – Big Jubilee Lunch and street parties. Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a procession and performance in central London, involving 10,000 people and the Gold State Coach