Windsor Castle: The Queen gets a new luxury electric golf cart to get around the grounds of Windsor Castle

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is said to be using a new luxury electric golf cart, dubbed the ‘Queen Mobile’, to get around the grounds of her sprawling Windsor Castle residence in south-east England.

The 95-year-old Monarch, who has been largely working from home after withdrawing from events in recent weeks following a COVID-19 infection, is said to have addressed her age-related mobility issues with the help of a GBP 62,000 four-seater buggy delivered recently.

The cart fitted with a fridge and Infotainment screen has already been used a few times, including for the Queen to take her pet corgi dogs for a walk.

“The cart arrived within the past of Fortnight. The Queen and her aides have already used it and last week she took the dogs out for it on a tour around the privategrounds,” a source was quoted as saying by ‘The Sun’ newspaper.

“Her Majesty is struggling with stiffness in her legs, so the cart is a perfect solution to getting her around. She’s been through a lot of physical Battles recently – with COVID and her back sprain, which would take its toll on anyone, let alone someone who turns 96 next month, “the source said.

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The Queen Mobile is reportedly built by the Danish company Garia with Mercedes-Benz.

Besides a top speed of 43mph, it has a range of 50 miles before its lithium battery needs recharging, according to the newspaper.

The buggy also features headlights, a lockable boot, heated windscreen, cup holders, drive mode selection and Bluetooth speakers.

“The cart is a new addition to the castle, and they all think it’s a great idea. It’s certainly fit for a Queen and hopefully it will help her fulfill her engagements,” a royal source was quoted as saying.

The monarch’s mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was driven to events in a golf buggy by a liveried chauffeur in the last years before her death aged 101.

The Queen, who turns 96 on April 21, has been seen using a walking stick since the end of last year.

She withdrew from a Commonwealth Day event earlier this month over mobility concerns and there are reports that plans are underway to get her safely down to Westminster Abbey in London for a Thanksgiving ceremony in memory of her late husband, Prince Philip, on Tuesday.

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