Elizabeth II, solar all in yellow, offers a surprise appearance in the London Underground

Elizabeth II appeared all smiles at the inauguration of a metro line in her name. (London, May 17, 2022.) Abaca

Despite her mobility problems, the sovereign appeared all smiles at the inauguration of a metro line, this Tuesday, May 17, at Paddington station.

She had to give way to Prince Charles on May 10, during the throne speech, due to “mobility problems”. A week later, Elizabeth II nevertheless appeared radiant, this Tuesday, May 17, during the inauguration of a London underground line in her name. A surprise visit during which the queen, dressed in a yellow ensemble and a matching hat, and equipped with a cane, appeared all smiles. She was then alongside her youngest son, Prince Edward, when he arrived at Paddington tube station in west London.

The inauguration of the Elizabeth line, a new metro line that will connect the eastern and western outskirts of the capital from May 24, is the first official trip for the Queen outside the Windsor region, where she has lived since the ceremony of tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, held at Westminster Abbey at the end of March. Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the presence of Elizabeth II at the inauguration, declaring himself “incredibly touched” by her arrival. In recent days, the 96-year-old sovereign has increased her public appearances, as the celebrations of her 70-year reign approach, despite her difficulties in getting around.

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A “happy development”

Elizabeth II attends the inauguration of a London Underground line with her son, Prince Edward. (May 17, 2022.) Abaca

Since she experienced health problems in the fall of 2021, which led to a night of hospitalization following examinations, the nature of which has never been specified, the monarch’s public appearances have been rare. She was to be represented by Prince Edward at the inauguration and her presence is a “happy development”, welcomed a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace.

Elizabeth II attended a horse show in Windsor on Sunday May 15, the first major event of her platinum jubilee. Two days earlier, she had gone to the same city to a prestigious equestrian competition, the Windsor Horse Show, in which several of her horses participated. These appearances by the sovereign, visibly in good shape, are all reassuring signs as to her participation in the celebrations of her 70 years of reign in early June, despite her mobility problems.

The Queen has canceled her attendance at several major events in recent months including the opening of Parliament, which she missed for only the third time during her reign. She was replaced there for the first time by Crown Prince Charles of Wales, 73, bringing a new sign of the transition underway for the British monarchy under the effect of his health problems.

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