Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward arrive for Royal Windsor Horse Show with their daughter Lady Louise

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Sophie Wessex appeared upbeat this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise for the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected a driving obstacle with her family, after the Queen attended the show on Friday – her first public appearance since missing the State Opening of Parliament.

Mother-of-two Sophie opted to wear a smart, dark grey blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and a white printed blouse for the busy day.

The Countess, who recently returned from a trip to the Channel Islands to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, swept her hair into a low ponytail for the occasion.

She opted for neutral makeup, and perched a pair of sunglasses on her head in anticipation of the warm weather. 

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen’s favourite events of the year.

Sophie Wessex appeared upbeat this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise for the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Sophie Wessex appeared upbeat this morning as she arrived with her husband Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise for the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex

Sophie Wessex stands with her family after arriving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday morning

Sophie was accompanied by her 18-year-old daughter Lady Louise, who dressed in a blue patterned blouse and pale trousers

Sophie was accompanied by her 18-year-old daughter Lady Louise, who dressed in a blue patterned blouse and pale trousers

Saturday is the third day of the four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held annually in Berkshire

Saturday is the third day of the four-day Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is held annually in Berkshire

Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility problems which saw her miss the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday. 

The Queen, 96, 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. 

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, with Sophie seen taking photographs of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage and led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade.      

Pictured: Lady Louise

Pictured: Lady Louise

Lady Louise looked smart in a blue, spotted blouse and Royal Windsor Horse Show vest on Saturday

Mother-of-two Sophie opted to wear a smart, dark grey blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and a white printed blouse for the busy day

Mother-of-two Sophie opted to wear a smart, dark grey blazer, which she paired with a long brown skirt and a white printed blouse for the busy day

Sophie Wessex speaks to her daughter Lady Louise as they walk through the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

Sophie Wessex speaks to her daughter Lady Louise as they walk through the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected a driving obstacle with her family, after the Queen attended the show on Friday - her first public appearance since missing the State Opening of Parliament

The Countess cut an elegant figure as she inspected a driving obstacle with her family, after the Queen attended the show on Friday – her first public appearance since missing the State Opening of Parliament

Prince Edward smiles as he walks around the site of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

Prince Edward smiles as he walks around the site of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

The Earl of Wessex with his daughter Lady Louise Windsor at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

The Earl of Wessex with his daughter Lady Louise Windsor at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday

Louise lives with her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, and her younger brother James, Viscount Severn at Bagshot Park, in Surrey, just miles from Windsor. 

It is believed the young royal, who has competed in carriage-driving competitions, inherited her interest in carriage driving from the Duke of Edinburgh, who was instrumental in helping to establish carriage driving as a sport in Britain.

And Louise is continuing to follow in his footsteps: earlier this month, she competed in the British Indoor Carriage Driving Championships.

Pictured: Sophie Wessex

Pictured: Prince Edward

The royal couple attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Saturday, having accompanied the Queen on Friday

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen's favourite events of the year

Today is the third day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the Queen’s favourite events of the year

The weather warmed up later in the day, and Sophie Wessex donned a stylish pair of sunglasses

The weather warmed up later in the day, and Sophie Wessex donned a stylish pair of sunglasses

The family also attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday, alongside the Queen

The family also attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday, alongside the Queen

Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility problems which saw her miss the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday

 Her Majesty attended the festivities herself on Friday, despite ongoing mobility problems which saw her miss the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, with Sophie seen taking photographs of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh's carriage and led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade

The Wessexes were also in attendance on Friday, with Sophie seen taking photographs of her daughter Lady Louise as she drove the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage and led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade 

Lady Louise is pictured carriage driving at The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is said to be the Queen's favourite event

Lady Louise is pictured carriage driving at The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is said to be the Queen’s favourite event

Rene Poensgen competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Rene Poensgen competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants compete in the International Driving Grand Prix Marathon Horse Four-in-Hand class on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants compete in the International Driving Grand Prix Marathon Horse Four-in-Hand class on day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants compete in the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Open Leading Rein class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants compete in the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Open Leading Rein class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Carriage driving was one of Prince Philip’s favourite past-times since the 1970s, and he raced carriages near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain at several world and European championships. 

In May 2017, Prince Philip spoke about how he took up carriage driving when he stopped playing polo at the age of 50.

He said: ‘I was looking round to see what next, I didn’t know what there was available. And I suddenly thought, well, we’ve got horses and carriages so why don’t I have a go.

‘So I borrowed four horses from the stables in London, took them to Norfolk and practised and thought – why not?’

Participants compete in the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Open Leading Rein class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Participants compete in the Mountain and Moorland Ridden Open Leading Rein class at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Hans Heus competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Hans Heus competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

A competitor competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

A competitor competes in the Land Rover International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

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