Queen Elizabeth poses with her ponies ahead of her 96th birthday – Reuters

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Queen Elizabeth II is preparing to celebrate her birthday.

The official of the royal family on Instagram shared on Wednesday a photo of the Queen standing between her two fallen ponies, Baibek Cathy and Baibek Nightingale.

“In anticipation of the Queen’s 96th birthday tomorrow, the Royal Horse Show at Windsor has released a new photo of Her Majesty with her two fallen ponies, Bybek Cathy and Bybek Nightingale,” the caption reads.

Queen Elizabeth began her birthday celebration early Wednesday morning.
(AP/Scott Hepell, file)

“This photo, taken last month on the grounds of Windsor Castle, is the fourth in a series of photographs released by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, after the Golden Jubilee, Platinum Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 90th Anniversary. »

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“For the first time in 1943, the Queen attended all of the Royal Windsor Horse Shows,” the caption concludes.

Queen Elizabeth has always shared a love of horses and received a Shetland pony when she was only four years old. She apparently passed on her love to her daughter, Princess Anne, who became the first British royal to compete in the Olympics at the 1976 Montreal Games.

Princess Anne competed in the three-day equestrian event, while her daughter Zara Tindell competed at the 2012 Olympics and won a silver medal as part of the UK Eventing Team.

Queen Elizabeth II rode Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell pony, at Windsor Home Park on a weekend in late May 2020.

Queen Elizabeth II rode Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell pony, at Windsor Home Park on a weekend in late May 2020.

Earlier Wednesday morning, the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry said he was “trying” to invite his children to Queen Elizabeth due to “security concerns”.

The Duke of Sussex, who is in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, met Hoda Kotb on the Today show on Wednesday. The 37-year-old told the TV presenter he was unsure if he would travel to the UK for the Queen’s platinum jubilee in June, partly for security reasons.

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“I don’t know yet,” Harry admitted. “There are a lot of things: security issues and all that. That’s what I’m trying to do, try to make sure I can introduce my kids to her. »

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle traveled to his home country to visit the 95-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle last week before kicking off the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

“It was amazing. It was very nice to see her,” said the prince. “It was nice to see her in solitude. »

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex competes in the indoor rowing event during the Undefeated Games on April 20, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex competes in the indoor rowing event during the Undefeated Games on April 20, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
(Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation)

“We have a really special relationship,” he continued, referring to his connection to the Queen. “We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else. »

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When Kotb, 57, asked Harry if he missed his family in the UK, he replied: “Yes, I think, especially in the last two years. How not to miss your family? »

Queen Elizabeth II, along with 39-year-old William and 73-year-old Charles, did not meet with Harry’s daughter Lilibet, who was born in June last year.

Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News contributed to this report.

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