The Queen debuts new cart at Chelsea Flower Show as she battles mobility issues

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Queen Elizabeth II has debuted her brand new buggy at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Dubbed the ‘Queen-mobile,’ the electric vehicle was recently acquired by the royal household to help the 96-year-old get around despite her mobility issues.

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The white cart, estimated to be worth more than AUD $100,000, is decked out with leather seats, Bluetooth speakers, screens, a fridge and all-weather covers.

“Adjustments have been made for the Queen’s comfort,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said of the cart.

The 96-year-old has appeared at the Chelsea Flower Show on a chauffer-driven buggy. Credit: Getty Images
Her Majesty was all smiles at the annual event.
Her Majesty was all smiles at the annual event. Credit: Getty Images

Her Majesty was all smiles as she was zipped around the Flower Show by a chauffeur while wearing a bright fuchsia pink outfit on Monday.

It was unknown whether the monarch would attend the world-famous annual event, which she has been to more than 50 times in her 70-year reign as patron of the Royal Horticultural Society.

It’s not the first time Her Majesty has used a buggy during an engagement.

The Queen was last 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 royal visit to Australia in 2011, when she used one at Government House in Canberra.

The Queen was given a tour of the gardens in her cart.
The Queen was given a tour of the gardens in her cart. Credit: Getty Images

It comes as the United Kingdom counts down to four days of official celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee starting on June 2.

Planned events include Trooping the Colour, a church service at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Epsom Derby, a concert outside Buckingham Palace and a pageant through London.

There are concerns the monarch may need to miss some events however due to her health.

She been forced to pull out of several engagements in recent months following a number of issues including a battle with COVID-19 and “mobility issues.”

The palace has confirmed Her Majesty is likely to decide on the day whether she will attend each event.

“The Queen is looking forward to the weekend and will be taking part in the celebrations, but her presence will not be confirmed until much nearer the time or even on the day itself,” a spokesperson said.

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