The Queen’s cottage at Craigowan Lodge on her Balmoral estate was fitted with a £20,000 lift ahead of her retreat to the Scottish Highlands, sources say
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The Queen has reportedly had a “wheelchair-friendly” lift installed in her favorite cottage.
The 95-year-old monarch is reportedly planning to spend more time at Craigowan Lodge at her Balmoral estate.
Now the cottage has been fitted with a £20,000 lift at their popular retreat in the Scottish Highlands.
She will also have a new security gate, a state of the art intercom system and a set of news surveillance cameras installed on the property.
Palace officials have moved to fit in the elevator after the Queen struggled with her mobility following speculation.
She has trouble walking her beloved corgis and needs a cane when she takes them outside.
The Lifton Trio lift is reportedly the largest of its kind The sun.
“For many years we have thought it would be the perfect place for the Queen to spend more time when she is older,” a source said.
“It’s one of her favorite places in the country.
“With the right elevator and now this new security, it can be effectively sealed off, allowing her to spend a lot more time there quietly in the late 1990s.”
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Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said she understands why the Queen is keen to spend more time at her Balmoral estate.
“Craigowan is one of the Queen’s favorite houses,” said the royal expert. “She loves being there.
“The idea of making it easier for her so that she can spend more time there in the future is a great idea.
“It’s a big, big house. The security makes it very safe.
“It makes perfect sense. It’s a home that she’s always enjoyed and that gives her a bit of independence.”
The Queen could miss other important events such as Royal Ascot and Garter Day, it has been suggested this week.
She withdrew from attending Commonwealth Day services on Monday, a decision linked to her comfort level rather than any specific illness.
She now uses a cane regularly and remarked during a recent audience in Windsor: “Well, as you can see, I can’t move”.
Her Majesty has also just recovered from a bout of Covid and has spent more than three months resting on doctor’s orders from October and doing only light duties after an overnight stay in hospital for tests.
Majesty magazine editor Joe Little has hinted that the head of state could be absent from key events on the royal calendar.
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Mr Little told the PA: “There’s ups and downs in a church service – and it’s difficult. If Westminster Abbey was not possible, one wonders whether St Paul’s Cathedral will be possible during the main Jubilee celebrations.
“Garter, Royal Ascot, big ceremonial events where she usually gets in and out of the carriage and gets dressed, I just have a feeling that’s not going to be possible in the future.
“But you know, a lot can still happen before then and we’ll think about it positively.”
He added: “The program will be pretty sparse. The Palace will clearly look at what is planned and commit to as little as possible as the issue is obviously related to mobility.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/queen-95-wheelchair-friendly-lift-26505579 Queen, 95, has a "wheelchair-friendly" elevator at her favorite cottage on the Balmoral estate