Queen Elizabeth attends star-studded horse show finale

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  • Queen Elizabeth attended her first Platinum Jubilee Celebration on Sunday evening with a televised event.
  • The monarch attended the finale of a four-day horse show, which was a televised event titled A Gallop Through History.
  • The festive event drew a star-studded cast including Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and British actor Helen Mirren. 

Queen Elizabeth attended her first Platinum Jubilee Celebration on Sunday evening with a televised event.

The monarch attended the finale of a four-day horse show that celebrated her 70 years on the throne with a televised event — titled A Gallop Through History.

The 96-year-old monarch, wearing a grey shawl, was driven to the outdoor spectacle in the grounds of Windsor Castle where she was welcomed by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who helped her from her Range Rover. The monarch received cheers from crowds as she stepped out onto the red carpet.

The festive event drew a star-studded cast including Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and British actor Helen Mirren. Singers including Gregory Porter were due to perform in the show.

"She's just a woman that I greatly admire," Cruise said before the event. "I think she's someone who has tremendous dignity and I admire her devotion. What she's accomplished has been historic."

On Sunday, she used a small lift to help her get from her car to her seat, according to a reporter for ITV television which broadcast the event.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Throu
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Throu
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Throu
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Throu
Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the 'A Gallop Through History' performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II during the A Gallop Through His
Queen Elizabeth II during the A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Queen Elizabeth II during the A Gallop Through His
Queen Elizabeth II during the A Gallop Through History performance as part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The horse show kicked off celebrations to mark the queen's Platinum Jubilee which will culminate in four days of national events from 2 June. The queen also attended the show on Friday.

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The queen has attended every Royal Windsor Horse Show since its inception 79 years ago, reflecting her keen interest in horse racing and breeding. In a photograph marking her 96th birthday in April, she was pictured with two fell ponies.

Elizabeth has been seen in public on only a few occasions after she spent a night in hospital last October for an unspecified illness, after which she was told to rest by her doctors.

She has since carried out duties either remotely or in person at her Windsor Castle home and did not attend last week's state opening of parliament.

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