She is also just coming off a bout of covid, that is major in someone her age.
I think the optics are not good... can go to an outdoor event looking ok but not Parliament? She can get any assistance to her seat there without being viewed
There is a whole lot of difference between opening Parliament and the horse show, and how much she participated in one vs. the other.
Opening Parliament would involve dressing for the occasion, travel to London, the long walk down the aisle, the steps up, and standing for the speech.
Here she was in casual clothes, had a short drive, sat in her car and watched the show and greeted people for an hour, made a short walk to a viewing platform, stayed for a bit and walked back to the car and went back to the Castle.
It would be a way different story if she were the PM.
Nappyolean made a good point, HM has reached the point where she is suffering what I would characterize as the vagaries of old age. There are some things she will be able to do, depending on how she feels and and some things she cannot, due to her health on that day and the accommodations that need to be made.
I'm for cutting her some slack, but then I'm not a citizen of the UK. https://www.dailymail.co....l-Windsor-Horse-Show.html
Her Majesty was clapped and cheered as she arrived in her Range Rover and wound down her window to chat animatedly to fellow festival-goers having never missed the event in the past 79 years.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show crowds looked equally thrilled to see her at the event also beloved by her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died last April at the age of 99.
And after an hour or so, with the aid of a stick, she walked slowly around 30ft to her seat in the grandstand between her son Prince Edward and Penny Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma. And the Queen looked pleased as punch to be there.
Edward's wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was also there to support the monarch, whose highland pony won first place, securing her a trophy. Her Majesty also watched with pride as her granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, driving the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage, led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade.
Shortly afterwards the Queen walked unaided to her Range Rover, waving to cheering crowds as she headed back to Windsor Castle.