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May 13, 2022 | 11:01am

She knows how to “reign” in the horses.

Queen Elizabeth II beamed Friday as she made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show amid growing health concerns.

The 96-year-old was photographed with a massive smile on her face as she waved to her subjects on day two of the event, which was held near her current residence, Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II holding a trophy at the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show.
She was presented with a trophy after her pony Balmoral Leia won.
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The reigning sovereign looked extra giddy as she was handed a trophy after her horse Balmoral Leia won the Highland Class.

The Queen was also seen glowing as she was driven around the event in a green Range Rover. She rolled the windows down and leaned against the door as she said hello to attendees.

Queen Elizabeth II smiling in a Range Rover at the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen rolled down the windows of her Range Rover to smile and say hello to attendees.
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Her Royal Highness wore a blue sweater and a long gray skirt and accessorized with a patent leather black handbag, a silk scarf tied around her hair and orange-tinted sunglasses.

“She was in great spirits,” an eyewitness told People. “People she knows in the horse world were being brought to her to talk to her at the window. You can see she is in really good form.”

Queen Elizabeth II smiling in a Range Rover at the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show.
A source said she was in “great spirits.”
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Aided by a walking stick, she eventually made her way to her seat, where she was joined by her son Prince Edward in the stands.

In a sweet moment, the Queen watched as her granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor led the parade while riding in her late husband Prince Philip’s driving carriage. Philip died at age 99 in April 2021.

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The monarch rolled up in her tinted sunglasses.
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The monarch’s first public appearance in weeks came as a surprise amid fears for her health.

In October 2021, she was hospitalized for a night, though the reason remains unclear. She also started using a cane “for her comfort,” a source told Page Six at the time.

Queen Elizabeth II walking with a cane at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen made her way to the stands using a cane.
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Then, in February, the Queen raised worries again when she contracted COVID-19. She had to cancel several in-person engagements, but by March, she was back to royal duties.

Most recently, she canceled a scheduled appearance Tuesday due to what Buckingham Palace described as “episodic mobility problems.”

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Her appearance came months after she recovered from a bout with COVID-19.
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Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having ruled for 70 years.

And while she may have looked to be in great shape at Friday’s event, reports have surfaced that she could be planning on abdicating the throne to 73-year-old son Prince Charles in the near future. Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, would then take on the title of “Queen Consort.”

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Why Kyle Richards Might Not Return for Another Season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Will Kyle Richards Return for More RHOBH?!

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There’s only one remaining original cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but even she is reevaluating her future on the show. 

E! News caught up with Kyle Richards during NBCUniversal’s upfronts presentation on May 16, and she exclusively revealed that season 12 could easily be her last. 

“I always say, ‘I don’t know,’ and each season I think, ‘Well maybe I can do one more,'” Kyle said. “And sometimes I’m just like, ‘How can I keep doing this?’ especially when I get really upset, like this last season when we ended.”

In fact, when filming wrapped on the season that’s currently playing out on Bravo, Kyle was adamant that her time as a Housewife had come to an end. “I was like, ‘There’s absolutely no way,'” she recalled. “‘I’m done. I’m finished. I want to live my life in peace. I can’t take this.'”

The feeling could easily pass, though. Kyle said she often just needs time to “digest” each season. “I don’t know,” she added. “I just take it day by day.”

Kyle didn’t offer an explanation as to why filming the latest season of RHOBH took such a toll on her, but we do know that she and her co-star sister Kathy Hilton had a falling out. As Kyle put it on the May 11 episode of Watch What Happens Live, “We were having a little bit of a rough patch after the season.”

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At one point, Kyle and Kathy weren’t even speaking. But when Kyle’s best friend Lorene Shea passed away earlier this month after struggles with mental illness, the pair quickly reunited. 

“My sisters and I are speaking again because they’ve also known Lorene since she was seven,” Kyle said on WWHL, explaining that she was able to reconcile with her other sister, Kim Richards, as well. “So, you know, life works in funny ways.”

Still grieving the tragic loss of Lorene, Kyle called for mental health reform during her conversation with E! News. “I watched my best friend Lorene—who was my best friend since I was seven years old, one of the closest people in my life who I spoke to on a daily basis—go from being the most outgoing, fun, happy, wife and mom, to only about a year and a half ago, start to struggle with depression that kind of came out of nowhere,” Kyle said. 

Citing Ashley Judd‘s recent Good Morning America appearance—during which Ashley revealed that her mother, country music superstar Naomi Judd, had died by suicide—Kyle echoed her words about mental illnesses and depression. “This disease lies to you,” she said. “[Lorene] really felt there was no hope for her and that she would never come back. And there was no way to get her the help that she needed because we were constantly told, ‘Well, she’s an adult. She doesn’t want to come here.'”

“And now she’s gone,” Kyle continued. “And we’re all left to suffer, knowing that if she could have gotten the help, maybe she would still be here today. So, changes definitely have to be made.”

Noting that May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Kyle urged people to fight the stigma placed on mental illnesses and suicide. “I don’t want it to be something that’s so uncomfortable to talk about,” she said. “If [Lorene] had cancer, we lost her to cancer, we would be talking openly about that.”

Hear more from Kyle in the above E! News interview.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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shopDisney Twice Upon a Yearly Sale: Last Chance to Save Up to 73% Off Clothes, Home & More

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In case you haven’t already heard, the “biggest and best sale” for Disney fans is finally back! If you’re a fan yourself or have a big Disney lover in your life, shopDisney’s Twice Upon a Yearly Sale is on and the discounts are really good. But you’ll want to hurry with this one as the sale ends today! We wouldn’t want you to miss you chance to score deals over 70% off

If you’re a fan of a Dooney & Bourke, shopDisney reduced the prices of several cute styles during their Twice Upon a Yearly Sale. For instance, we’re loving the classic Alice in Wonderland crossbody that’s perfectly sized to wear all day long and on sale for around $170. 

Adorable character plushes, action figures, Disneyland and Walt Disney World themed merch, loungewear, Loungefly bags, classy mugs and other home must-haves are on sale right now as well. With all sales, we always recommend shopping ASAP just in case something you love sells out. Again, the sale ends today so there’s even more reason to shop now. 

We’ve rounded up all the best deals from shopDisney’s Twice Upon a Yearly Sale, check those out below. 

Mickey Mouse Icon Love Mug

How can you not fall in love with this adorable Mickey Mouse Icon Love Mug? Right now it’s on sale for $9.

Disneyland D Icon Belt for Adults

Wear the iconic Disneyland “D” wherever you go with this super classy icon belt. It’s originally $30, but it’s on sale today for $22. 

Marvel Woven Shirt for Adults

This marvelous button down shirt  is a must-have for any Marvel fan’s wardrobe. The allover flower print features the iconic Avengers logo, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, and Iron Man. It’s originally $60, but it’s on sale now for $35. 

Mickey Mouse Tie-Dye Fleece Pullover for Adults

You’ll be just as comfy and relaxed as Mickey when you throw on this Mickey Mouse tie-dye pullover. Right now, it’s on sale for $40. 

Star Wars Logo Sweatpants for Adults

There is so much to love about these Star Wars sweatpants from the logo appliqué on the leg to the drawstring ribbon featuring lines from the opening crawl. It’s originally $45, but it’s on sale now for $30. 

Alice in Wonderland Dooney & Bourke Crossbody Bag

Love Alice in Wonderland? This gorgeous crossbody bag by Dooney & Bourke features an allover print of the classic black and white illustrations of fan fave characters including Alice, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. It’s originally $228, but it’s on sale for $171. Dooney bags aren’t always included in shopDisney sales, so now’s your chance to get one at a discount. 

Disney Cats Sketch Dooney & Bourke Shopper Bag

If you’re a Disney Cats lover, this Dooney & Bourke shopper bag was made for you! It features a super cute allover print with characters like Duchess, Lucifer (Cinderella), Oliver (Oliver & Co.), Yzma as Cat (The Emperor’s New Groove), Figaro (Pinocchio), Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Binx (Hocus Pocus) and more. 

Walt Disney World Tie-Dye Spirit Jersey for Adults

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation this summer? Now’s your chance to score this colorful WDW spirit jersey for a discounted price. 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Quilted Jacket for Women

This beautiful quilted jacket features allover Mickey icons with the always fab Minnie Mouse looking extra cute on the front chest. The jacket is originally $60 but it’s on sale now for $40. 

Marvel Hip Pack

Keep it hands-free with this cool Marvel hip pack featuring stylized art of Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor, Groot, Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and Captain Marvel. 

Minnie Mouse Good Morning Sunshine Mug

Start your day off right with this “Good Morning Sunshine” mug featuring Minnie. Right now it’s on sale for just $12! 

Mickey Mouse 1/4 Zip Pullover Jacket for Adults

This lightweight quarter-zip jacket is perfect for cool summer mornings. It features adorable Mickey Mouse screen art and puffy ‘Mickey’ lettering on the sleeve. It’s originally $65 but it’s on sale now for $40. 

Disneyland Play in the Park Zip Hoodie for Adults

This fun Disneyland-themed hoodie features a colorful graphic on the back of Tinker Bell and Dumbo are flying over some of the Park’s popular attractions. It’s a popular style with sizes running out fast, so be sure to snag this ASAP.

P.S. There’s matching leggings as well!

Donald Duck Cuddleez Plush – Large 22-inch

This adorable Donald Duck Cuddleez Plush is super soft, squishy and perfectly sized for cuddling. It’s originally $35, but it’s on sale now for $27. 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Tote Bag

This large Mickey and Minnie tote is highly versatile and can carry anything you might need for the day ahead. It features a snap closure and a gorgeous embroidery at the front. It’s originally $40, but you can can it today for $29. 

Cinderella Tie Dye T-Shirt for Women by Junk Food

This retro-inspired Cinderella tee from the Disney x Junk Food label collection is swoon-worthy. You can lounge around the house while repping your favorite Disney Princess. Best part is, it’s on sale right now for 73% off! Incredible. 

Coco Loungefly Canvas Mini Backpack

This shopper-fave Coco Loungefly backpack features an allover embroidered pattern with Miguel and Héctor. The bag itself is spacious on the side, yet cute and compact on the outside. It’s originally $75, but you can get it today for $52. 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cake Stand and Dome

This stunning glass cake stand and dome may be themed to winter, but you’ll want to snap it up now at 50% off!

Disney Classic Character Appetizer Plate Set

The Disney Classic Character Appetizer Plate Set is from the Icy Winter Collection as the cake stand above. It comes with four classy appetizer plates with designs of Mickey and Minnie in front of Fantasyland Castle, Bambi and Thumper frolicking, Tinker Bell with her arms folded, and and Chip ‘n Dale running. It’s on sale now for just $35, which is incredible for a Disney plate set like this. 

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Everything to Know About the Many Star Wars Series in Development

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Like outer space, the Star Wars universe is full of new territory to explore.

So it’s a good thing Disney has no plans to slow down on their expansion of the Star Wars franchise. The streamer is set to release five new shows in the coming years, with additional seasons in production for series like The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy thinks it only makes sense that they continue to build upon George Lucas‘ films, telling Vanity Fair, “He was influenced by Flash Gordon and cliff-hangers on Saturdays at movie theaters. All of that informed what the DNA of Star Wars is, which is why I think it’s just organic that we made the transition into television.”

But she also admits that these shows are not an easy endeavor. “Anyone who comes into the Star Wars universe needs to know that it’s a three-, four-, five-year commitment,” she explained. “That’s what it takes. You can’t step in for a year and shoot something and then walk away…. It requires that kind of nurturing.”

So naturally, it’s going to be quite some time before these shows hit the small screen. Here’s what you need to know:

When is The Mandalorian season three returning to Disney+?

The streamer estimates that Pedro Pascal and Grogu (a.k.a. baby Yoda) will be back in action by late 2022 or early 2023. 

Director Carl Weathers seemingly confirmed that filming wrapped in March, replying to a fan blog’s post about completing production, “And what a season of WONDERFULNESS!”

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What is Diego Luna’s spy series Andor about?

Cassian Andor’s rebel spy takes center stage in Andor, which premieres this summer, according to Lucasfilm. 

The 12-episode show will explore Cassian’s life five years before the events of Rogue One, with Luna describing the series as a “migrant journey” to Vanity Fair. “That feeling of having to move is behind this story, very profoundly and very strong,” he shared. “That shapes you as a person. It defines you in many ways, and what you are willing to do.”

Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, Denise Gough and Genevieve O’Reilly round out the cast. 

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Who is starring in Ahsoka?

Rosario Dawson brings to life the character, which grew its popular fan-base in the animated series The Clone Wars. Hayden Christensen, who reprised his role as Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader) in Obi-Wan Kenobi, will star alongside Dawson, whose character was formerly his apprentice. In addition, Ahsoka will see Ewan McGregor‘s partner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, make her Star Wars debut. The Obi-Wan Kenobi star joked, “Our little boy has been born into this massive Star Wars family. He will either embrace it or really go the other way.”

The series is expected to premiere in 2023.

What is The Acolyte?

While Star Wars fans are familiar with the characters in other shows, the Acolyte is more mysterious as it’s set in the High Republic era. Showrunner Leslye Headland said of the upcoming series, “We’re taking a look at the political and personal and spiritual things that came up in a time period that we don’t know much about.”

She continued, “My question when watching The Phantom Menace was always like, ‘Well, how did things get to this point?’ How did we get to a point where a Sith lord can infiltrate the Senate and none of the Jedi pick up on it? Like, what went wrong? What are the scenarios that led us to this moment?”

Headland shared that casting is currently underway, so don’t hold your breath for this one.

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What else can Star Wars fans expect?

There’s a new show in the very early stages of development, like so early it only has the code name Grammar Rodeo, according to Vanity Fair. All that’s known about the plot is that it takes place after the fall of the Empire.

Director Jon Watts and Spider-Man: Homecoming writer Chris Ford are the executive producing the show, which Lucasfilm insiders described to Vanity Fair as “a galactic version of classic Amblin coming-of-age adventure films of the ’80s.” Casting is underway.

On the movie front, there’s plans for a Taika Waititi-directed film, as well as Patty Jenkins‘ previously announced Rogue Squadron. But again, fans are going to have to wait. 

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