Queen Elizabeth II attends the Elizabeth line's official opening at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London, England.
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The Queen delighted royal fans by making a surprise appearance at London Paddington, a visit royal experts say she ‘moved heaven and high water’ to attend.

Commuters were treated to the incredible sight of her Majesty trying out an Oyster card (opens in new tab) as she bought the very first ticket to her eponymous train line. Fans commented on how well she looked, as there were fears she would not attend due to suffering from ‘episodic’ mobility issues (opens in new tab) and is said to be using a wheelchair much of the time (opens in new tab).

Despite her health struggles and ‘exhaustion’ following her bout of Covid-19 (opens in new tab) the Queen was determined to go. In fact, royal expert Robert Jobson told GB News (opens in new tab) that she would have ‘moved heaven and earth’ to attend.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to mark the Elizabeth line's official opening at Paddington Station on May 17, 2022 in London, England.

He exampled that, “The Palace has known for some time that they've got to pace the Queen. This particular thing for London, in particular, the Crossrail project is huge. Absolutely, huge for millions and millions of people.

“It's got her name attached to it too. You know, she would have moved heaven and high water to make sure she got there for that.”

He then went on to praise the Queen’s commitment to her recent engagements, saying, “I think that the way she performed was brilliant as we saw at the Windsor Horse Show as well.”

Despite being faced with some disappoints, including the news that she will miss all scheduled garden parties (opens in new tab) - the Queen beamed she attends the Windsor Horse Show as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends the 'A Gallop Through History' performance, part of the official celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle on May 15, 2022 in Windsor, England.

She was spotted having an emotional moment as her granddaughter Lady Louise made a special tribute to Prince Philip (opens in new tab) during the show's finale.

Though the Queen has been told to ‘pace herself’ and delegate some royal duties to other members of the firm - royal fans still have several events to look forward to, where the Queen will hopefully be in attendance, including the Jubilee concert in June.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.