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Queen mistaken for 'lost old dear' and refused entry to Windsor Horse Show

By Jennifer Newton & Chloe Burrell

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is currently in full swing, and it is known to be one of the Queen's favourite events.

She has been attending the show, which is held next to Windsor Castle, since she was a young girl and her love of horses is well-documented.

In past years, it has not been unusual to see Her Majesty pop into the show and have a wander, The Mirror reports.

However, this almost was not the case in 1991, when a security guard working at the event reportedly failed to recognise the monarch and decided that she was not allowed to enter.

According to Hello!, the mix-up came more than 30 years ago and the guard told her: "Sorry love, you can't come in without a sticker."

However, the Queen replied by saying: "I think if you check, I will be allowed to come in!" - and sure enough she was allowed to enter.

The guard is said to have later admitted that he thought that she was “some old dear” who had got lost.

Tomorrow an extravaganza called A Gallop Through History will take place at the horse show to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2017 (Getty Images)
The Queen with one of her horses at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (Getty Images)

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

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.

The Queen has recently been suffering from mobility problems (Getty Images)

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.

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.

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 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.

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Dive Deeper:
Queen was mistaken for 'lost old dear' and refused entry to Windsor Horse Show
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Her Majesty's recent withdrawal from events has sparked fresh health concerns ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and this week she…
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It is thought that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will take part in a carriage ride in the…
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Smiling Queen arrives at Royal Windsor Horse Show
The 96-year-old chatted with officials as she was driven on to the showground.
Queen gets huge cheer as she walks into arena at Royal Windsor Horse Show with stick
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