Queen made a secret trip to see her own horses on the first day of the Royal Windsor Show when Beatrice was there

Queen made a secret trip to see her own horses on the first day of the Royal Windsor Show when Beatrice was there

The Queen made a secret trip to see her own horses as she reportedly missed the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The show, which started yesterday and will run until Sunday, is the Queen’s favorite event of the year, but Princess Beatrice stepped in for Her Majesty in a “dress rehearsal” for Sunday night’s celebrations, reports The Mirror.

Beatrice is said to have been “delighted to be asked to play the role of Queen” to ensure the event “would run smoothly should Her Majesty wish to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in this way”.

Instead of attending the event, the Queen decided to visit her own horses after “simply changing her mind,” reports The Sun. She hasn’t missed the show in 79 years and this year’s event will see 14 of her horses compete.

The Queen was seated 500 meters from their homes in Windsor Castle to see their five-year-old gelding First Responder compete, but their appearance was suddenly canceled minutes before the horse was scheduled to compete.

She then privately visited her other horses competing in the Royal Mews at the castle, reports show.

It came as the Queen dramatically withdrew from the State Opening of Parliament this week for the first time in 59 years because of her mounting mobility problems. Prince Charles read her speech for the first time in the company of Prince William, who had never attended before.

Queen made a secret trip to see her own horses on the first day of the Royal Windsor Show when Beatrice was there

The Queen made a secret trip to see her own horses as she missed the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Princess Beatrice arrives at Windsor Castle during the charity preview night of A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.  Date taken: Wednesday 11 May

Princess Beatrice arrives at Windsor Castle during the charity preview night of A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Date taken: Wednesday 11 May

Lady Louise Windsor drives a carriage that once belonged to the Duke of Edinburgh during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.  Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Lady Louise Windsor drives a carriage that once belonged to the Duke of Edinburgh during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee Celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. Date taken: Thursday 12 May

The Royal Cavalry of Oman performs during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.  Date taken: Thursday 12 May

The Royal Cavalry of Oman performs during the A Gallop Through History Platinum Jubilee celebration at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.  Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. Date taken: Thursday 12 May

And it has been revealed that Beatrice and Edo, as well as Princess Eugenie, 32, and her husband Jack Brookbank, along with several other royals, will not appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

Often seen as the centerpiece of major royal occasions, including Trooping the Color and weddings, the balcony appearance usually sees the Queen’s extended family to catch a flyby and is a rare opportunity for fans to see the entire extended family together.

Following his ban from public life after being settled in a civil court case in America over allegations of sexual abuse against Virginia Giuffre (which he vehemently denies), it was inconceivable that Beatrice and Eugenie’s father Prince Andrew would get a seat.

Despite previous claims that the Queen had offered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a spot on the platform, they too have been removed from the list, although they were quick to announce today that they will be in London for the celebrations with their two children.

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.  Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Performers attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebration in Windsor, Britain May 12

Performers attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show Platinum Jubilee Celebration in Windsor, Britain May 12

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle.  Date taken: Thursday 12 May

Artists from Azerbaijan perform during the platinum anniversary celebration A Gallop Through History at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle. Date taken: Thursday 12 May

However, when she narrowed the list down to just 16 people to avoid potential diplomatic pitfalls, the Queen was forced to omit a number of beloved family members, including her beloved grandchildren and their families.

Her cousins, including Prince Michael of Kent, and their families, with whom the Queen has a warm relationship, are also out in the cold, with at least 34 royals in total not on the balcony.

The final balcony display will feature the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children; the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children; the Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The Queen’s other adult grandchildren, Peter Philips and Zara Tindall, have been excluded with their families, although their mother Princess Anne and stepfather Sir Timothy Laurence will join the Queen.

In a formal statement on the decision, Buckingham Palace said: ‘After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year’s traditional balcony appearance by Trooping the Color on Thursday, 2 official public duties on behalf of the Queen.’

However, there are exceptions. Prince Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who is not a working royal, and the Queen’s grandchildren, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, and their great-grandchildren George, Charlotte and Louis are also attending.

The palace spokesman added: “The Cambridge and Wessex children are also expected to make an appearance, as will Sir Tim Laurence, who the Queen is happy to attend as a frequent attendee and assists the Princess Royal with official engagements.”

The announcement follows reports that Her Majesty herself may not appear on the balcony due to the 96-year-old’s limited mobility.

Helpers are believed to be working on a “Plan B,” with an insider saying: “It could still happen, but it’s by no means guaranteed that we’ll see the Queen on the balcony during the anniversary.”

While recent balcony appearances have focused more on senior members of the firm, there are usually no restrictions on which family members are present at Trooping of the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday.

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