Queen Elizabeth II, known for her poise in public, once had an encounter with photographers that tested her patience. A video posted on TikTok by The Royal Watcher shows a younger Queen Elizabeth watching her husband, Prince Philip, compete in carriage driving at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 1988. The photographers were obstructing her view and jostling for pictures of the monarch. In response, Queen Elizabeth was captured shooing them away, asking, “Do you mind?” as she waved her arms. The video has gained over 90,000 views since its upload on August 6.
Queen Elizabeth had a lifelong love for horses, beginning when she received a Shetland pony as a gift at the age of four. She not only attended horse shows but also participated in breeding racehorses and even took part in racing events like the Royal Ascot. Carriage driving was also a sport enjoyed by her granddaughter, Lady Louise, while her daughter, Princess Anne, became the first member of the royal family to compete in the Olympic Games, riding The Queen’s horse, Goodwill, in 1976.
As the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death approaches on September 8, the United Kingdom is preparing to pay tribute to their late monarch. According to The Independent, the Prince and Princess of Wales will lead tributes on the anniversary, while Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to deliver a message to the nation. It is unclear whether this message will be delivered in person, broadcasted on television, or shared via social media.
King Charles III, Queen Elizabeth’s successor, will reportedly mark the anniversary of her death quietly and privately at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she passed away. Grant Harrold, a former royal butler to King Charles and Queen Camilla, stated that the first year of a royal anniversary is significant, with the public wanting it to be acknowledged. Reflective commemorations are expected, and if any royal duties are carried out, the royal family will likely be asked if they are remembering the Queen, to which they will respond affirmatively.
The impact of the anniversary is expected to be seen on social media, with videos and posts likely to be shared as a way of marking the occasion. Harrold noted that when Queen Elizabeth would commemorate her father’s death anniversary, she would attend church, so it wouldn’t be surprising if members of the royal family followed a similar path. Overall, the first year after the monarch’s passing will be a time for reflection and remembrance for both the royal family and the public.