Charlotte Foster


QEII attends her first royal engagement on wheels

QEII attends her first royal engagement on wheels

Queen Elizabeth has attended her first royal event on wheels, as she arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show in a luxury buggy. 

Her Majesty made a last minute decision to attend the event, but it wasn't her bright fuchsia coat that got people talking. 

The Queen was all smiles when she showed up for the royal preview event, as she arrived in a luxury buggy due to her recent health and mobility issues. 

It's the first time in almost a decade that the Queen has been seen arriving at a public royal engagement in a buggy with a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman telling the Daily Mail "adjustments have been made for the Queen's comfort".

The four-seater buggy, which has been dubbed the "Rolls Royce" of premium golf carts, cost £62,000 ($120,000) and was built by a Danish manufacturer.

It includes recliner cream-leather seats, as well as a mini fridge, and features a 10.1inch tablet style screen next to the steering wheel to offer maps and weather updates.

Her Majesty was accompanied by Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as well as Princess Beatrice and her husband Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Queen's presence at the event comes under a new rule put in place by the Palace for the 96-year-old monarch. 

While she's still mentally alert and continuing to carry out virtual engagements, it's now understood the Palace will no longer announce whether she will attend an event in person until the day.

Instead, it is assumed that her son Prince Charles, 73, will take her place as he has been doing for quite some time.

Despite the Queen's surprise attendance at the Chelsea Flower Show, it is currently unclear how many Jubilee events she will attend. 

Image credits: Getty Images

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