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


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

The Countess beat a sublime role inspecting a driving obstacle with her family, after the Queen attended the show on Friday – her first public appearance since the absence of the official opening of Parliament.

A mother of two, Sophie chose to wear a demure dark gray blazer, which she teamed with a long brown skirt and a printed white shirt for the busy day.

The Countess, who recently returned from a visit to the Channel Islands to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, styled her hair in a low ponytail for the event.

She opted for even-handed makeup and perched a pair of sunglasses on her head in anticipation of the pleasant and comfortable weather.

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

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

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

The Countess cut a fine figure as she inspected a roadblock with her family, after the Queen attended the show on Friday – her first public appearance since the official opening of Parliament was absent

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

Mother-of-two Sophie opted to wear a demure dark gray blazer, which she teamed with a long brown skirt and a printed white shirt for the busy day.

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

Sophie was accompanied by her 18-year-old daughter, Lady Louise, who wore a blue patterned shirt and pale trousers

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

The Queen, 96, was applauded and cheered as she arrived in her Range Rover and rolled down her window to speak animatedly to fellow festival-goers who never missed the occasion 79 years ago now.

Crowds at the Royal Windsor Horse Show seemed equally delighted to see her on occasion also loved by her 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who died last April at the age of 99.

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

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

The Countess, who recently returned from a visit to the Channel Islands to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, styled her hair in a low ponytail for the event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Earl of Wessex with his daughter Lady Louise Windsor at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

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

The family also attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday, alongside the Queen

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

The weather warmed up later in the day and Sophie Wessex donned a stylish pair of sunglasses

Louise lives with her mother and father, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, and her younger brother James, Viscount Severn in Bagshot Park, Surrey, a few miles from Windsor.

The young royal, who competed in carriage driving competitions, is believed to have inherited her curiosity for carriage driving from the Duke of Edinburgh, who was instrumental in determining carriage driving as than sport in Britain.

And Louise continues to follow in her footsteps: earlier this month she competed in the British Indoor Driving Championships.

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

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

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

The monarch took her place in the stands on the occasion alongside Prince Edward, Lady Brabourne and Sophie on Friday

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

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

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

René Poensgen competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

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

Entrants compete in the Four-in-Hand class of the International Marathon Horse Driving Grand Prix on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

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

Entrants compete in the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Open Leading Rein class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Carriage driving had been a favorite pastime of Prince Philip since the 1970s, and he raced carriages near Norfolk before symbolizing Britain at several World and European Championships.

In May 2017, Prince Philip explained how he started driving a car when he stopped participating in polo at the age of fifty.

He said: “I needed a ride to see what was next, I didn’t know what was out there. And I thought out of the blue, yes, we have horses and carriages, so why not give it a try.

“So I borrowed 4 horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and trained and thought – why not?”

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

Lady Louise is pictured riding a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, said to be the Queen’s favorite occasion

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

The 18-year-old royal showed off her spectacular equestrian abilities as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage to guide the Fell Pony Society Centenary Parade on Friday

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

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

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