Queen could 'embrace' using wheelchair for heart-warming reason amid 'episodic mobility issues'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to the 2022 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 23, 2022.
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The Queen could reportedly “embrace” using a wheelchair for a particularly heart-warming reason amid her “episodic mobility issues”.  

Earlier this year, the Queen pulled out of a major ceremony (opens in new tab), the State Opening of Parliament, after experiencing “episodic mobility issues”. Whilst in recent months Her Majesty has often been pictured using a walking cane during public appearances for Accession Day and the Royal Windsor Horse Show. And after much speculation over whether she would miss one of her favourite annual events, the Queen travelled around Chelsea Flower Show (opens in new tab) in a buggy this year taking in the beautiful floral displays.

Now royal expert Jennie Bond has suggested that the Queen could become more comfortable using a wheelchair for engagements for a very special reason. 

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the "A Gallop Through History" performance as part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

Opening up to OK! (opens in new tab), Jennie suggested that just as the Queen has “embraced” her cane and has been pictured using one more often, going forwards she could also be seen using a wheelchair more frequently to support her. 

“I think The Queen will come to embrace the idea of a wheelchair and that will be a huge help to her,” the expert claimed. “She’s embraced her cane now and I think she will take a leaf out of her mother’s book.” 

Jennie went on to remark upon the late Queen Mother’s fondness for a mobility cart, explaining that hers even had a special design to make it completely unique to her. 

The Queen Mother Touring The Sandringham Flower Show In Her Golf Buggy

“The Queen Mother was rather reluctant to be seen to be frail in any way, but eventually they got a little mobility cart, like a golf buggy, and she resisted the idea until they painted it in her racing colours. Once they had her racing colours on she really took to it. She used it at the races, and at public events like her birthday,” she said.

So whilst the Queen might only have been glimpsed once in public using a buggy so far, it’s said that in the future this could potentially become a more frequent occurrence. Inspired by her beloved mother, Her Majesty could reportedly become eager to “embrace” using a wheelchair or buggy to support her amid her “episodic mobility issues”. 

Queen Elizabeth II visits The Chelsea Flower Show 2022 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 23, 2022 in London, England

This comes ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bank holiday (opens in new tab) where Her Majesty is set to attend some of the key events alongside other senior members of The Firm (opens in new tab).

Although it’s not known how many the Queen will be present for, she’s expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour.

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