The Queen takes in the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 

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The Queen was all smiles today as she soaked up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

Flanked by aides, the 92-year-old monarch could be seen beaming with joy as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire on Wednesday, just a stone’s throw from where the royal wedding will take place next weekend.

Sporting a decidedly off-duty ensemble, the Queen swapped formal attire for a powder blue cardigan, white blouse and tweed skirt, carrying one of her many trusty patent handbags from Launer.

The annual equestrian spectacular sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club.

Her Majesty was later seen holding a pink rosette after one of her horses finished fifth, but even that did little to dampen her spirits.

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All smiles! Flanked by aides, the 92-year-old monarch could be seen beaming with joy as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire in the sunshine on Wednesday

All smiles! Flanked by aides, the 92-year-old monarch could be seen beaming with joy as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire in the sunshine on Wednesday

All smiles! Flanked by aides, the 92-year-old monarch could be seen beaming with joy as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire in the sunshine on Wednesday

Beaming: The Queen looked to be in high spirits as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today in a power blue cardigan and tweed skirt

Beaming: The Queen looked to be in high spirits as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today in a power blue cardigan and tweed skirt

She could be seen carrying a commemorative rosette

She could be seen carrying a commemorative rosette

Beaming: The Queen looked to be in high spirits as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today in a power blue cardigan and tweed skirt. The RWHS, now in its 75th year, is one of the monarch’s favourite equestrian events

Favourite event: The beaming 92-year-old monarch looked to be deep in concentration as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, held on the private grounds of Windsor Castle, on Wednesday. She was carrying a Launder handbag

Favourite event: The beaming 92-year-old monarch looked to be deep in concentration as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, held on the private grounds of Windsor Castle, on Wednesday. She was carrying a Launder handbag

Favourite event: The beaming 92-year-old monarch looked to be deep in concentration as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, held on the private grounds of Windsor Castle, on Wednesday. She was carrying a Launder handbag

Off-duty: The Queen looked animated as she watched the action

Off-duty: The Queen looked animated as she watched the action

She later got a helping hand with putting on her gillet

She later got a helping hand with putting on her gillet

Off-duty: The Queen looked animated as she watched the action, before getting a helping hand with putting on her gilet when it clouded over. The padded outerwear is likely to be by royal dressmaker Angela Kelly, and the Queen also has one in green

Annual tradition: The five-day show, held in the private grounds at Windsor Castle, is now in its 75th year and the Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began in 1943

Annual tradition: The five-day show, held in the private grounds at Windsor Castle, is now in its 75th year and the Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began in 1943

Annual tradition: The five-day show, held in the private grounds at Windsor Castle, is now in its 75th year and the Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began in 1943

Delighted! The Queen couldn't keep the smile from her face as she clasped her hands together

Delighted! The Queen couldn't keep the smile from her face as she clasped her hands together

She took in the action

She took in the action

Delighted! The Queen couldn’t keep the smile from her face as she clasped her hands together and took in the action 

Proud owner: The Queen beamed as she watched one of her own horses compete in an event on day one of the competition

Proud owner: The Queen beamed as she watched one of her own horses compete in an event on day one of the competition

Proud owner: The Queen beamed as she watched one of her own horses compete in an event on day one of the competition

Despite the bright sunshine, there appeared to be a slight chill in the air as one of the Queen’s aides was forced to help her cover up with a padded gilet as she sat in the shade of her private box.

The Queen mingled with fellow spectators at the prestigious show, which has long been an unmissable event in Her Majesty’s diary.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 will have been timetabled to allow the Queen to attend the show and to make sure the nuptials did not clash with its organisation.

The Queen was at the horse show without the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is recovering from a hip replacement operation, with his attendance at the wedding yet to be confirmed by the Palace.

Last year, Philip was seen carriage driving with his ponies on the morning the Windsor Horse Show began. 

Making friends: The Queen mingled with horse trainers and fellow guests at the annual equestrian spectacular, which is regarded as an unmissable event in Her Majesty's diary

Making friends: The Queen mingled with horse trainers and fellow guests at the annual equestrian spectacular, which is regarded as an unmissable event in Her Majesty's diary

Making friends: The Queen mingled with horse trainers and fellow guests at the annual equestrian spectacular, which is regarded as an unmissable event in Her Majesty’s diary

All smiles: The monarch was seen beaming as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the sunshine. Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years

All smiles: The monarch was seen beaming as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the sunshine. Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years

All smiles: The monarch was seen beaming as she watched the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in the sunshine. Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years

Keeping warm: Despite the bright sunshine, there appeared to be a chill in the air as one of her aides was forced to help her cover up with a padded gilet in the shade of her private box

Keeping warm: Despite the bright sunshine, there appeared to be a chill in the air as one of her aides was forced to help her cover up with a padded gilet in the shade of her private box

Keeping warm: Despite the bright sunshine, there appeared to be a chill in the air as one of her aides was forced to help her cover up with a padded gilet in the shade of her private box

Unmissable: The Queen was all smiles as she soaked up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19 will have been timetabled to allow the Queen to attend the show

Unmissable: The Queen was all smiles as she soaked up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19 will have been timetabled to allow the Queen to attend the show

Unmissable: The Queen was all smiles as she soaked up the atmosphere at one of her favourite equestrian events of the year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19 will have been timetabled to allow the Queen to attend the show

Fashion forward: The monarch wore a powder blue cardigan and tweed skirt, and could be seen carrying one of her trusty Launer handbags. At certain points she looks completely engrossed in the action as she chatted to aides

Fashion forward: The monarch wore a powder blue cardigan and tweed skirt, and could be seen carrying one of her trusty Launer handbags. At certain points she looks completely engrossed in the action as she chatted to aides

Fashion forward: The monarch wore a powder blue cardigan and tweed skirt, and could be seen carrying one of her trusty Launer handbags. At certain points she looks completely engrossed in the action as she chatted to aides

Royal highlight: It's a show intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years

Royal highlight: It's a show intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years

Royal highlight: It’s a show intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years

Will the Windsors be out in force again? Last year, the monarch was joined by son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie as well as grandson Peter Philips, Canadian great-daughter-in-law Autumn and their two children

Will the Windsors be out in force again? Last year, the monarch was joined by son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie as well as grandson Peter Philips, Canadian great-daughter-in-law Autumn and their two children

Will the Windsors be out in force again? Last year, the monarch was joined by son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie as well as grandson Peter Philips, Canadian great-daughter-in-law Autumn and their two children

High spirits: The Queen was seen laughing as she watched the action

High spirits: The Queen was seen laughing as she watched the action

The monarch was also see checking her watch during the show

The monarch was also see checking her watch during the show

High spirits: The Queen was seen laughing as she watched the action (left), before checking her watch during the show. She was dressed more casually than during her formal public engagements, where she is rarely seen without a colourful Angela Kelly suit and matching hat

Family affair: This year, the Queen's granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor is believed to be taking part in the competition herself after she was spotted practising her carriage driving in Windsor

Family affair: This year, the Queen's granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor is believed to be taking part in the competition herself after she was spotted practising her carriage driving in Windsor

Family affair: This year, the Queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor is believed to be taking part in the competition herself after she was spotted practising her carriage driving in Windsor

The monarch looked to be in excellent spirits as she watched the day's proceedings, and could be seen laughing as one of her aides clapped. She teamed her off-duty outfit with a watch and a simple string of pearls

The monarch looked to be in excellent spirits as she watched the day's proceedings, and could be seen laughing as one of her aides clapped. She teamed her off-duty outfit with a watch and a simple string of pearls

The monarch looked to be in excellent spirits as she watched the day’s proceedings, and could be seen laughing as one of her aides clapped. She teamed her off-duty outfit with a watch and a simple string of pearls

 In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions, and on Wednesday one of her horses finished fifth

 In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions, and on Wednesday one of her horses finished fifth

 In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions, and on Wednesday one of her horses finished fifth

The five-day event, held in the private grounds at Windsor Castle, is now in its 75th year and the Queen is believed to have attended every single year since it began as a wartime fundraising event back in 1943.

The event is intrinsically linked with the royal family; both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh competed at it during their younger years, with Prince Philip entering the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for 30 years, winning it just once in 1982.

In more recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses take part in the showing class competitions. 

Last year, the monarch was joined by son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie as well as grandson Peter Philips, Canadian great-daughter-in-law Autumn and their two children.  

Relaxed: The Queen opted for a decidedly off-duty look as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today. Last year, Philip was seen carriage driving with his ponies on the morning the Windsor Horse Show began

Relaxed: The Queen opted for a decidedly off-duty look as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today. Last year, Philip was seen carriage driving with his ponies on the morning the Windsor Horse Show began

Relaxed: The Queen opted for a decidedly off-duty look as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today. Last year, Philip was seen carriage driving with his ponies on the morning the Windsor Horse Show began

Chatting away: The Queen was seen speaking to competitors taking part

Chatting away: The Queen was seen speaking to competitors taking part

The 92-year-old monarch is known to be a keen horse enthusiast

The 92-year-old monarch is known to be a keen horse enthusiast

Chatting away: The Queen, who is known to be a keen horse enthusiast, was seen speaking to competitors taking part. In her casual attire, she could very easily have gone unnoticed among the many spectators at Windsor Castle

Keen interest: The Queen was seen inspecting one of the horses taking part in this year's equestrian event. The Queen was at the horse show without the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is recovering from a hip replacement operation, with his attendance at the wedding yet to be confirmed

Keen interest: The Queen was seen inspecting one of the horses taking part in this year's equestrian event. The Queen was at the horse show without the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is recovering from a hip replacement operation, with his attendance at the wedding yet to be confirmed

Keen interest: The Queen was seen inspecting one of the horses taking part in this year’s equestrian event. The Queen was at the horse show without the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is recovering from a hip replacement operation, with his attendance at the wedding yet to be confirmed

Competitors taking part in today's event. The annual equestrian spectacular sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club

Competitors taking part in today's event. The annual equestrian spectacular sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club

Competitors taking part in today’s event. The annual equestrian spectacular sees competitors taking part in a range of events from show jumping to dressage, along with displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and DAKS Pony Club

And this year, the Queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor is believed to be taking part in the competition herself after she was spotted practising her carriage driving in Windsor.

The young royal inherited a love of horses from her grandmother the Queen, and was taught to ride at a young age.  Lady Louise is already an accomplished horsewoman and has previously competed in carriage driving at the event.

Last year she was responsible for leading the carriages of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society into the showground.

She has also joined her father Prince Edward, 53, on horseback as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor in 2016.

Prince Philip, 96, turned to carriage racing after he decided to stop playing polo at the age of 50.