Dopo la pandemia, la regina Elisabetta ha cambiato il modo in cui interagisce con il pubblico. Durante il 2019, ha intrapreso 295 impegni reali, per città e paese, mentre nel 2020 ha partecipato solo a 115, secondo il Daily Mail. Nel 2021, la regina ha assistito virtualmente alla maggior parte dei suoi 184 fidanzamenti. La novantenne ha adattato il modo in cui di solito svolge i suoi doveri e ha adottato la tecnologia per portare a termine le cose. Naturalmente, la pandemia non è stata l’unica ragione per cui i cittadini britannici hanno visto meno della regina. La tragedia ha colpito quando il principe Filippo è morto nell’aprile 2021 e la regina si è comprensibilmente presa una pausa dopo la morte del coniuge.
Queen Elizabeth beams as she attends Royal Windsor Horse Show
Queen Elizabeth was beaming as she arrived at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in mid-May. Fox News reported that her attendance was unexpected. The last time that the queen personally attended an event was when she went to Prince Philip's memorial service in late March. She canceled several engagements since then, and even missed the Maundy Thursday service for the first time in over five decades. Yet, her well-known love for horses (and her granddaughter) seemed to be the overriding factor when she attended this annual event.
USA Today reports that Queen Elizabeth did not attend the British Opening of Parliament on May 10, due to her mobility issues. But, she bravely attended the horse show, which is apparently one of the highlights of her calendar. Journalist Richard Palmer wrote, "Applause for the Queen, who walks slowly with a stick to her seat after being driven into the arena in a green Range Rover." He also attached a video clip of the queen walking to her seat, while the rest of the spectators burst into spontaneous applause.
Queen Elizabeth was also at the horse show to support her granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor. Per the Express, Louise led a horse parade in Prince Philip's carriage. She rode past her grandmother, mother, and father, Prince Edward, who proudly looked on. In fact, the queen smiled at her teenage granddaughter. For the doting grandmother, her family seems to come first!