May 26, 2022

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Sophie Wessex looked elated this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise on the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward arrive at the Royal Windsor Show with their daughter Lady Louise

Sophie Wessex sounded upbeat this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected a driving handicap with her family, after the Queen attended the parade on Friday – her first public appearance since the absence of the formal opening of Parliament.

Sophie, mother of two, opted for a chic dark gray blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and white printed blouse for a busy day.

The Countess, who recently returned from a trip to the Channel Islands to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, dried her hair in a low ponytail for the occasion.

She opted for neutral makeup, and put sunglasses on her head in anticipation of the warm weather.

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen’s favorite events this year.

Sophie Wessex looked elated this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise on the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected the driving hurdle with her family, after the Queen attended the parade on Friday - her first public appearance since she missed the state opening of Parliament.

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected the driving hurdle with her family, after the Queen attended the parade on Friday – her first public appearance since she missed the state opening of Parliament.

Sophie, mother of two, opted for a chic dark gray blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and white printed blouse for a busy day.

Sophie, mother of two, opted for a chic dark gray blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and white printed blouse for a busy day.

Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility issues that made her miss the official opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

The 96-year-old clapped and cheered on her arrival in her Range Rover, shutting her window to speak enthusiastically with fellow festival-goers who have never missed the event in the past 79 years.

The crowds of the Royal Windsor horse show looked equally excited to see her at the event and she is also loved by her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last April at the age of 99.

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, where Sophie was seen taking pictures of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage and led the Fell Pony Society’s centenary parade.

The Countess, who recently returned from a trip to the Channel Islands to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, dried her hair in a low ponytail for the occasion.

The Countess, who recently returned from a trip to the Channel Islands to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, dried her hair in a low ponytail for the occasion.

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex poses with her family after arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday morning

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen's favorite events this year

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen’s favorite events this year

Prince Edward smiles as he tours the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

Prince Edward smiles as he tours the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

Saturday is the last day of the four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held annually in Berkshire.

Saturday is the last day of the four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held annually in Berkshire.

The family also attended the Royal Windsor horse show on Friday, along with the Queen

The family also attended the Royal Windsor horse show on Friday, along with the Queen

Get the weather ready for later in the day, and Sophie Wessex donned stylish sunglasses

Get the weather ready for later in the day, and Sophie Wessex donned stylish sunglasses

Louise lives with her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, and younger brother James, Viscount Severn in Bagshott Park, Surrey, just miles from Windsor.

Participating in chariot driving competitions, the young queen is believed to have inherited her interest in chariot driving from the Duke of Edinburgh, who was instrumental in helping establish chariot driving as a sport in Britain.

And Louise continues to follow in his footsteps: Earlier this month, she competed in the British Indoor Driving Championships.

Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility issues that made her miss the official opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility issues that made her miss the official opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

The Queen sat in the stands at the event alongside Prince Edward, Mrs Brabourne and Sophie on Friday

The Queen sat in the stands at the event alongside Prince Edward, Mrs Brabourne and Sophie on Friday

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, as Sophie was seen taking pictures of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh's carriage and led the Fell Pony Society's centenary parade.

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, as Sophie was seen taking pictures of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage and led the Fell Pony Society’s centenary parade.

Renee Boncin competes in the International Land Rover Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Renee Boncin competes in the International Land Rover Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants in the International Grand Prix Driving Marathon for Quad Horse Racing on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants in the International Grand Prix Driving Marathon for Quad Horse Racing on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Buggy driving has been one of Prince Philip’s favorite times in the past since the 1970s, and he was racing buggies near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain in several world and European championships.

In May 2017, Prince Philip spoke about how he took on the wheel of a buggy when he stopped playing polo at the age of 50.

He said, ‘I was looking around to see what’s next, I didn’t know what was available. And suddenly I thought, Well, we have horses and carriages so why not give it a try.

“So I borrowed four horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and practiced and thought – why not?”

Lady Louise was photographed driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is said to be the Queen's favorite event.

Lady Louise was photographed driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is said to be the Queen’s favorite event.

The 18-year-old Queen demonstrated her impressive equestrian skills as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh to lead the Fell Pony Society's Centenary Parade on Friday.

The 18-year-old Queen demonstrated her impressive equestrian skills as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh to lead the Fell Pony Society’s Centenary Parade on Friday.

The Queen sits with Prince Edward and Sophie as she attends her first public engagement since she lost the Queen's speech

The Queen sits with Prince Edward and Sophie as she attends her first public engagement since she lost the Queen’s speech