Her Majesty is on her estate in Aberdeenshire to recharge her batteries for four days of events to mark her 70 years on the throne from next Thursday.
It is understood that the Queen arrived at her private Scottish house last night. She usually visits Scotland at this time of year.
The monarch has attended a number of high-profile engagements in recent weeks despite its ongoing mobility problems and it is understood that she is now pre-empting herself before the national events begin.
Palace sources recently said they thought it was a sensible idea for the 96-year-old to have some ‘down time’ during a Balmoral break that is part of the ‘reasonable pace’ of her diary.
Balmoral has undergone a number of adjustments in recent years, including its Craigowan Lodge, which in 2021 was fitted with a wheelchair-friendly lift.
Her trip to Scotland came days after she debuted her new royal golf buggy at the Chelsea Flower Show. The monarch beamed with joy as she walked the stands from the world-famous horticultural extravaganza. She also opened the Elizabeth Line and attended her favorite Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen, pictured at Chelsea this week in her new royal golf buggy, has flown to Scotland for a short break at Balmoral
Her Majesty goes to her home in Aberdeenshire at the same time every year. It has been adapted to help her mobility problems, with her lodge now having a wheelchair-friendly lift
The timings for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration are complete
Thursday, June 2nd
10 p.m. – The Queen’s Birthday Parade – Trooping the Color – begins.
10.30am – Members of the royal family leave Buckingham Palace in front of the parade ground.
The military spectacle will be followed by a balcony performance by the Queen, hopefully, plus important royal families including the Cambridge children, to see a special flight attendant.
9.25am – Members of the royal family arrive to see the illumination of the main beacon at the palace – a 21-meter high Tree of Trees sculpture.
More than 3,000 landmarks are illuminated across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Friday, June 3rd
11 p.m. – The royal family begins to attend the service of thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral.
12.25 p.m. – Members of the royal family then attend a Guildhall reception hosted by the Lord Mayor.
Saturday, June 4th
5.30pm – The Epsom Derby race takes place. The Queen and her family are expected to head to the racetrack on Derby Day, where the monarch will be greeted with an honor guard made up of 40 of her past and present jockeys.
19.40 hrs – Members of the Royal Family attend the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace Concert.
20.00-10.30 hours – The palace’s open-air concert, featuring stars including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and Diana Ross, will be broadcast live on BBC One.
Sunday, June 5th
Street parties and Big Jubilee Lunches are performed all over the country
14.30-17.00 hours – The Jubilee Pageant takes place in central London, with a 3km carnival procession featuring a cast of thousands including dolls and celebrities and tributes to the Queen’s Seven Decades. It will move to The Mall and past the palace.
In the finale, Ed Sheeran will perform, and sing the national anthem for the Queen’s official residence.
The exclusive Danish-built electric car – prices start at £ 20,000 for a six-seater model – was bought privately by the Queen earlier this year to help with her ongoing mobility problems, but had not been seen in public before.
It was transported from Windsor Castle to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea pending its arrival.
And after being driven from her Berkshire residence to West London in an official Range Rover, the 96-year-old monarch went over to the buggy to walk through the stands – with a palace driver, sporting a cap and stern expression, at the wheel. Her guard jumped on her back.
Her presence – and clear joy – in making such a ‘hard perennial’ in the royal calendar was greeted with cheers by good wishes and fines well ahead of next week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Sources have indicated that now that the buggy has been seen in public for the first time, the older monarch – who has increasingly used a stick in public – will be more inclined to use it for public engagements walking and physically contain effort.
Earlier this year, the Queen honestly admitted to an audience in Windsor that she had trouble moving.
In the last eight months, she has been forced to cancel a series of public engagements, including the state opening of parliament – due to her poor health and growing weakness. She clearly would not have been on the tax campaign around the extensive Chelsea showgrounds.
But, dressed in a ‘pink lemonade’-colored coat and ivory dress by Stuart Parvin, with her familiar white gloves, the Queen seemed to be a high-spirited.
Asked about the buggy, a spokesman for the palace said: “Adjustments have been made for the comfort of the queen.”
Instead, she had a ‘wheely’ large tour sitting next to the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, who gave her a running commentary on the show gardens and displays.
She appeared animated as she talked to designers and plant experts, even joking about the horrible weather in her Coronation year.
During their tour, they stopped at Grow2Know’s Hands Off Mangrove Garden, which aims to highlight global deforestation and racial injustice. How long did it take to make it, she asked co-designer Danny Clarke. “Two and a half years,” he replied. “Covid helped!” she laughed.
The queen also spoke with renowned clematis grower Raymond Evison. When introduced by Weed, she said, ‘We would not have clematis if it were not for him!’
Towards the end of her tour, the Queen was shown her three ‘signatures’, special pieces of floral artwork commissioned by the RHS and signed by the Queen.
In addition to the new one that marked her Platinum Jubilee and one of her Golden Jubilees, there was a third from 1953, the year of her Coronation.
While the two later showed an abundance of blooms, the 1953 had just roses and thistles.
Fiona Davison, head of libraries and exhibitions at the RHS, said: “She noticed that it was quite sparse, and said, ‘Possibly because nothing grew in 1953!’ ‘
Davison added: ‘The collection dates back to Queen Charlotte in 1816. The Queen is the only monarch to have signed more than one royal autograph.’
The Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament, but had a wonderful time at Chelsea (left) and the Royal Windsor Horse Show (right)
There was even a surprise visit to open the new Elizabeth Line on May 17th
The queen has been seen twice before in a golf buggy.
In 2013, during the Coronation Festival, the first commercial event held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, she was surrounded in a buggy when she saw displays set up by tailors, jewelers, chocolate makers and wine merchants.
In 2011, she and the Duke of Edinburgh also toured the grounds of Government House in Canberra on a golf buggy during a tour of Australia.
But it is the first time she has used one in public because of her age and mobility, as opposed to practices.
It was purchased by the royal family in March and she has since been spotted in it on the grounds of Windsor Castle – along with her pet dogs.
The luxury model, with white paint and brown leather seats, is made by Garia and has a top speed of 20 mph with a range of 43 miles. The waterproof roof and construction means it can be used all year round.
The move follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother, who toured the Chelsea Flower Show in 2001 in what has been dubbed the Queen Mum Mobile – a custom-made golf cart painted in her light blue and gold candy. stripe colors.
Other members of the royal family present were the Count 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.
The show has returned for the first time since its traditional May break since the pandemic.
The queen has been the royal patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 and as a child was a regular visitor to the garden show with her parents. She has attended more than 50 times during her 70-year reign.
The monarch’s anniversary is one of the themes of this year’s show.
The Queen flies to Balmoral for a short break for Platinum Jubilee
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