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Smiling Queen arrives at Chelsea Flower Show in buggy amid ongoing mobility issues
23 May 2022, 18:04 | Updated: 23 May 2022, 20:20
The Queen has arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show in a buggy amid her ongoing mobility issues.
The 96-year-old monarch opted to use the mode of transport at the event for the first time for her comfort.
The Queen, wearing a bright pink outfit, complete with pearls and a floral brooch, visited the garden extravaganza on Monday afternoon - the day before it opens to the public.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "Adjustments have been made for the Queen's comfort."
She arrived at around 5.35pm and will be shown around 10 gardens using the vehicle.
It is the first time in nearly a decade that the monarch is believed to have used a buggy at an official engagement.
The Queen was seen in a golf buggy nine years ago in 2013 during the Coronation Festival in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
She also used one during a tour to Australia in 2011, when she visited Government House in Canberra.
Joe Little, of Majesty magazine, said of the development: "It's an extremely practical arrangement that will allow the Queen to take part in as many engagements as she is able to do."
Other members of the royal family - the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra - are also touring the show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
The monarch's Jubilee is one of the themes of this year's show.
The Queen, who confessed during an audience in February to not being able to move, is just 10 days away from the start of her high profile Jubilee celebrations.
She made a surprise appearance at the opening of the Elizabeth line last week and went to the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Gallop Through History equestrian event this month, but missed the State Opening of Parliament.
Over the weekend it emerged that the Queen won't receive the Trooping the Colour salute for the first time in her 70-year reign.
Instead, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Anne are set to take her place during the military display at the Horse Guards Parade.
It is still hoped the 96-year-old monarch will attend the event on Thursday June 2 - her official birthday parade.