The Queen went on a secret trip to see her own horses after missing the first day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, it has been reported.
Her Majesty's recent withdrawal from events has sparked fresh health concerns ahead of her Platinum Jubilee.
The 96-year-old was due to be driven 500 yards from her private apartments at Windsor Castle to see one of her horses compete.
However, her appearance was suddenly called off.
Shortly afterwards the Queen is said to have gone to see her other horses at the Royal Mews, it has been reported.
A source said: “She simply changed her mind.”
The Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in a few weeks
Her Majesty was due to appear at a horse show this week
The Queen has 14 horses competing in a string of events and she has not missed the show in 79 years, The Sun reports.
A source said: “If she has horses competing there is a fair chance she would make an effort to attend.”
Princess Beatrice stood in for the monarch on Wednesday night in a “dress rehearsal” of the extravaganza planned for Sunday night.
The RWHS kicks off officially last night, featuring more than 500 horses and 1000 performers to dazzle audiences in the “'spellbinding” equestrian event A Gallop Through History.
The Queen reportedly made a secret trip to see her horses (stock image)
The four-night run culminates on Sunday when it is broadcast live on ITV.
Her Majesty was forced to pull out of the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday after suffering recurrent “episodic mobility problems” which have plagued her since last Autumn.
Her heirs Prince Charles and Prince William stood in on her behalf, with the Prince of Wales reading the sovereign’s speech for the first time, although the words were not changed.
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In scenes that organisers are hopeful of repeating on Sunday, Princess Beatrice, 33, smiled and waved as she was driven across the main arena in a Range Rover accompanied by her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi, 38.
A royal source told The Mirror : “Several contingency plans are in place for Her Majesty to attend events surrounding the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the greatest comfort possible.
“Princess Beatrice was delighted to be asked to play the role of the Queen on this occasion to make sure everything would go without a hitch should Her Majesty wish to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in this way.”
The Queen is said to not want to use a wheelchair in public, although it is understood she has recently used one on occasion in private.
She recently took delivery of a £64,000 golf buggy that she uses to drive around the Windsor Castle estate to take her beloved dogs for a walk.
The Mirror contacted the Palace for a statement.