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A show jumping legend said his final goodbye in front of the Queen and grandstands full of adoring fans on the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on Sunday.

Nick Skelton and his gold medal winning horse Big Star have made equestrian history over the years.

But it all ended on Sunday as Mr Skelton dismounted and took the saddle off Big Star, fulfilling a longstanding retirement tradition in the equestrian world.

The Olympic gold winning duo then walked a lap of honour.

It was a fitting climax to the five day horse show - first staged in 1943.

The Queen was there as a young princess back then and has supported the show ever since.

This year she saw her own homebred former racehorse Barbers Shop ridden by Katie Jerram-Hunnable won the prestigious title of supreme champion.

There was also a poignant reminder of past times when the Queen granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor drove in the carriage riding competition in a carriage used by the Queen during that first show 74 years ago.

As usual the Queen's appeared informally at this year show in the trademark headscarf, as well as formally in smart coat and hat - as when she helped the King of Bahrain present a trophy to Abdel Said from Egypt, who won the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the Kings Cup.

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, clearly enjoying himself and taking a full part in the presentations.

There were enjoyable moments of suspense throughout the five day event.

The Rolex Grand Prix boasted 30 world class riders and plenty of breathtaking moments as world number one Kent Farrington went neck and neck with last year's winner Jessica Springsteen.

Mr Farrington ended by knocking over three seconds off the previous leader's time.

He is a great fan of Royal Windsor Horse Show.

He said afterwards: "This is one of my favourite shows and I'm not just saying that because I won here today.

"There's a combination of an amazing setting, an unbelievable crowd, top course designing and great footing."