Queen Elizabeth II Receives Standing Ovation As She Arrives At Platinum Jubilee Horse Show
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Queen Elizabeth II has been honoured with a standing ovation by crowds at the Jubilee equestrian show to kick off the string of celebrations to mark her 70-year reign.
The crowd rose to their feet, clapping and cheering the 96-year-old monarch as she made her way to the royal box.
She was flanked by Simon Brooks-Ward, a Territorial Army officer and dear friend of the Royal Family, and joined by her son Prince Edward.
The equestrian extravaganza featured some of the world’s leading performers, including Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Helen Mirren.
But the Queen was clearly the real star of the show with Brits going wild in the stands upon her arrival.
The show, A Gallop through History, was a musical and theatrical romp through the ages and featured more than 500 horses and 1,000 performers.
Described by the BBC as a 'personal tribute to our monarchy', the audience was taken through more than five centuries of British history, and also featured international and national military and dance displays.
The major equestrian event has been hosting spectators for the past three days, including the Queen herself, who spent Friday (May 13) touring the horse show days after missing the State Opening of Parliament.
She has suffered from mobility problems and is understood to still be reeling from her February Covid-19 diagnosis.
The Monarch has had to cancel several public appearances recently due to her health.
ITV's iconic hosts Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham led the televised version of events at the open-air stage show, which took place near Windsor Castle.
During the event, Prince Charles said about his mother: "[She has always] coped with so many different challenges and always being there in a remarkable way."
It appears that the Queen had a very good time as she was seen clapping during a traditional display from the Royal Cavalry Oman.
Spectators said she also appeared to enjoy the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force's steel drum troupe, who preferred a rhythmic version of Abba's 'Dancing Queen'.
Tom Cruise announced the performance of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, according to the BBC, describing it as 'one of the most enthralling, thrilling, heart-in-mouth displays' he had ever seen.
The Queen marked 70 years on the throne on 6 February 2022.
Like her Golden and Diamond Jubilees, the first week in June was chosen as the perfect time to celebrate with her people at a number of high-profile events.