Queen Elizabeth without a cane during her official engagement – Reuters

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Queen Elizabeth was without her cane when she met the President of Switzerland on Thursday.

The 96-year-old monarch has relied on mobility aids to support her in many of her recent engagements, but was seen standing unassisted as she shook hands and posed for photos with Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle.

The engagement was the Queen’s first since returning to Windsor on Wednesday (27.04.22) after a week-long break at her Sandringham estate.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen hopes to attend the official opening of Parliament on May 10, but confirmation is expected closer to the time or even the same day as she has experienced a number of health and mobility difficulties in recent months.

The sovereign opened the parliament every year except two during her reign. She attended the 1959 and 1963 ceremonies when she was pregnant with Princes Andrew and Edward, and so on those occasions the Lord Chancellor read her speech.

It was revealed last month that the Queen had taken delivery of a state-of-the-art golf cart to help her get around comfortably.

The 43mph four-seater electric cart was built by Danish company Garia as part of a tie-up with Mercedes-Benz and is described as “putting many passenger cars to shame”.

It has a range of 50 miles before its battery needs recharging and while she relaxes in one of the four brown leather seats, the Queen can enjoy treats from her fridge or check the updates. weather updates and mapping on the 10-inch tablet-style screen next to the steering wheel.

The buggy has ‘waterproof’ doors and windows, so the monarch will be able to use it all year round, and it also has headlights, 14-inch alloy wheels, lockable trunk, heated windshield , cup holders and even Bluetooth speakers.

A source said: “The carriage is a new addition to the castle, and they all think it’s a great idea. It’s certainly fit for a queen and I hope it helps her fulfill her commitments.

“Everyone wants her to continue to be seen by the public for as long as possible.

“I’m sure the Queen would prefer to go to events and carry on as usual, but she’s struggling at the moment.”

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother regularly used a golf cart to attend events in the years before her death at the age of 101 in 2002.

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