Queen’s discreet hot water bottle solution for cold carriage rides, by Jennie Bond

The Queen can travel to Trooping the Color in a 4×4 for the first time in her 70-year reign – but her car is still waiting with extra comfort.

Royal expert Jennie Bond has revealed Her Majesty’s cars have been fitted with mats and hot water bottles to ensure her body stays warm and soothed after a tough few months in health.

“She really likes having a rug on her lap,” says Jennie. “In the wagons, there is a carpet and a hot water bottle hidden. She likes to stay warm.

Queen Elizabeth is no stranger to travel, so it’s no surprise she has some secret tricks to make sure she rides comfortably.



The Queen has a hot water bottle hidden inside her car to keep her body warm and soothed

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Her hot water bottle has long been one of her most prized possessions and is often slipped into her sheets by her staff before bedtime to ensure her place to sleep is comfortable.

The hot water bottles can also be used as body heating pads, ideal for soothing muscle aches after a busy day.

It remains to be seen what mode of transport the Queen will take when she travels to The Mall for Trooping the Color on June 2 in light of her mobility issues.

The Queen may travel from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade in a 4×4 as part of several contingency plans drawn up by officials ahead of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.



The Queen and Prince Philip ride the Golden State Carriage during its 2002 Golden Jubilee Parade
The Queen and Prince Philip ride the Golden State Carriage during its 2002 Golden Jubilee Parade

The second option reportedly being considered would see the Queen only appear on the balcony, skipping the parade altogether, according to the Times.

The Queen was forced to cancel her appearance at the official opening of Parliament earlier this month due to health concerns, with Prince Charles delivering the Queen’s Speech on her behalf. He was accompanied by Prince William, who was attending the event for the first time.

Jennie said William and Charles’ roles in the ceremony were “unprecedented” but would likely continue for the rest of her reign.



Some news outlets have reported that the Queen may avoid traveling in the parade until Trooping of the Color
Some news outlets have reported that the Queen may avoid traveling in the parade until Trooping of the Color

She said: “Clearly we are in transition now. I don’t think that means for a moment that the Queen will abdicate, but the norm will be that she won’t be at all the events we are used to seeing her at.

“She can keep in touch with her charities and ambassadors via Zoom, and we get a much more intimate view of her. She is very visible and will remain so. Basically, she continues because the Queen loves being Queen.

“The evolution of the monarchy will accelerate with Charles, as he wants to put his mark on it during what is bound to be a relatively short reign,” she added.

“He wants the monarchy to be more focused and lean. But with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, there will be a total change in style. They’re already inviting people to call them William and Catherine and drop their titles, and they’re not expecting to bow or curtsey. Seeing them sitting cross-legged on the floor recently at a children’s event – ​​they’re easier to relate to.

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