Queen tours Chelsea Flower Show from comfort of electric buggy

The monarch was given a running commentary of the many gardens she stopped to view by the president of the Royal Horticultural Society.

23 May 2022

The Queen toured the Chelsea Flower Show by buggy enjoying the creations of some of the world’s top garden designers from the comfort of the back seat.

With her stick by her side the Queen, who has mobility issues, sat back and was driven around in a Royal Household electric vehicle by a chauffeur in a peaked cap, from the monarch’s staff.

Keith Weed, president of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which stages the event, sat beside the monarch and gave her a running commentary of the many gardens she stopped to view and introduced her to gardeners and sponsors.

The Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show
The Queen was accompanied by RHS president Keith Weed (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Juliet Sargeant was stood beside her design for the new BBC Blue Peter garden as she chatted to the Queen, and said later about her visit by buggy: “It’s great, the same with anybody with mobility issues it’s just great to find a way to do what you love.

“And, as we’ve been told, she loves gardens and it’s a great way for her to be able to pursue her passion.”

The six-seater buggy made its public debut as other members of the royal family toured the site at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London by foot, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show
The Queen was introduced to gardeners and sponsors during her tour (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Sat at the rear with their backs to the Queen was the RHS president’s wife Kate Weed and a lady-in-waiting who held a number of bouquets given to the Queen.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the vehicle, which was built by Danish firm Garia, was a Royal Household buggy.

The Sun reported in March that the Queen had taken delivery of the new £62,000 luxury golf buggy, which has a lithium battery, leather seats and bluetooth speakers, to help her get around Windsor.

the Earl and Countess of Wessex toured the show
Other members of the royal family, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, also toured the show (Dan Kitwood/PA)

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.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Adjustments have been made for the Queen’s comfort.”

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