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Beatrice 'plays role of Queen' amid hopes monarch will go to Windsor Horse Show

Princess Beatrice beamed as she “played the role of the Queen ” in a preview of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, as palace aides and organisers make contingency plans for Her Majesty to attend the event in maximum comfort.

The Queen’s granddaughter last night stood in for the 96-year-old monarch in a “dress rehearsal” of the extravaganza planned for Sunday night.

The RWHS kicks off officially tonight, featuring more than 500 horses and 1000 performers to dazzle audiences in the “'spellbinding” equestrian event A Gallop Through History.

The Queen is “planning and hoping to attend” at least part of the two hour performance, if she is well enough, according to royal sources.

Princess Beatrice departs from the charity preview night (PA)

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.

Top Secret Drum Corps perform with Royal Marines Corps of Drums during the charity preview (PA)

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.

Sources said the plans were devised to allow the Queen to attend in comfort as she can no longer stand for periods of time.

The cast conduct three cheers to Princess Beatrice during the charity preview night (PA)

It was revealed last month that similar arrangements are in place for the Queen to ditch the royal carriage in favour of travelling to Trooping the Colour in a 4x4 car for “comfort and speed”.

The official marking of her birthday on June 2 is the start of a special bank holiday weekend of celebrations, with events planned over four days for the Platinum Jubilee.

(PA)

A royal source said: “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 at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2017 (Getty Images)
The Queen with her horse Balmoral Melody in 2017 (Getty Images)

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The Queen has been gearing herself up to attend on Sunday, especially as several of her great-grandchildren are expected to take part in the finale.

Palace sources have described Her Majesty as having “good days and less good days”in regards to her ongoing mobility issues, which have led to her missing out or cancelling several high profile events in recent months, but she still remains “absolutely pin sharp in mind”.

The show looks set to be spectacular (PA)

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.