Queen 'delighted to be out of lockdown' and enjoying her social life

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WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse 'First Receiver' compete in and win the Retired Racehorses - RoR Open In Hand Show Series Qualifier Class on day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on July 3, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Queen watches her horse First Receiver compete in and win the Retired Racehorses on day 3 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Indigo/Getty Images)

The Queen is enjoying being out of lockdown and getting back to her favourite social events, according to a royal author.

Phil Dampier, who has covered the Royal Family for 35 years, said the Queen had been on good form, and is looking pleased to be out and about again.

The Queen, 95, became a widow in April as her husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99.

But despite adjusting to life without him, she has been pictured smiling and in good spirits both at formal engagements and when enjoying social activities.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 04: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II watches her horse 'Fools Paradise' compete in the 'Small Riding Horse' class on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on July 4, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Queen smiled as she watched her horse Fools Paradise compete in the Small Riding Horse'class on day 4 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. (Indigo/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II presents the trophy to the Winning team of the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor. Picture date: Sunday July 4, 2021. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Queen looked animated as she presented the trophy to the winning team of the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday. (PA Images via Getty Images)

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Dampier told the MailOnline: "It’s been fantastic to see the Queen is such good form in recent weeks. She seems happy and relaxed and it’s a joy to see her smiling face.

"I think she is just delighted to be out of lockdown like the rest of us, and getting out and about doing the things she loves.

"She has her social life and you could see how happy she was to be at the Windsor Horse Show, one of her favourite events of the year, four days running."

The monarch was even pictured driving herself to the show, which is close to Windsor Castle, where she has been living for most of the time since March 2020. 

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Dampier, who wrote The Duke of Hazard, a collection of Prince Philip's quotes, suggested the late Duke of Edinburgh would not have wanted the Queen to spend a long time in mourning after his passing.

He said: "I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full.

"Like him the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about."

In a tribute to Prince Philip after his death in April, Prince William said: "My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. 

"Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead. I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."

Echoing some of that attitude, Prince Harry said: "He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an audience at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Berkshire on July 2, 2021. - German leader Angela Merkel will have a new a science prize established in her honour during a farewell visit to Britain on Friday, which will also include a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen met German chancellor Angela Merkel during an audience at Windsor Castle on 2 July. (AFP via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 02: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II seen driving her Range Rover car as she attends day 2 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park, Windsor Castle on July 2, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Queen drove her Range Rover on day 2 of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Home Park. (Indigo/Getty Images)

As lockdown restrictions have eased in England, the Queen has gradually added more in-person engagements to her workload, including hosting US president Joe Biden at Windsor Castle, and German chancellor Angela Merkel there too.

She travelled to Cornwall to host a reception for world leaders at the G7, and she's been to Scotland to carry out primarily outdoor engagements with her grandson William and her daughter Princess Anne.

Her delayed investiture ceremonies have been returning, with Prince Charles taking on the job of bestowing the honours.

And plans are being developed for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 2022.

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