Queens Jubilee: Drastic measures taken as Monarch would do parade on Zoom if she could

For the first time in her 70 years as Queen, Her Majesty may swap her royal carriage for a Range Rover at Trooping the Colour.

Palace officials are thought to be drawing up many ‘plan Bs’ to enable our 96-year-old Queen to attend the annual parade, which this year falls on her Platinum Jubilee.

Due to Her Majesty’s mobility issues, she may enjoy a comfortable 4×4 car ride from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade.

The plan marks the end of an era, royal expert Duncan Larcombe exclusively tells OK!, but the public will be thrilled to see her.

“You can’t do the Trooping of the Colour via Zoom. If you could, I’m sure she would, so the next best thing is a Range Rover,” observes Duncan, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story.

“The public will just be pleased that she’s carrying on, even though it seems her body isn’t allowing her to do anything.”

The news confirms recent reports that the Queen has a wheelchair on standby inside the palace, and the inevitable ageing of our beloved monarch.

Duncan adds: “The jubilee celebrations are a stark reminder that the Queen is in the last few years of her reign. These are drastic measures which won’t be reversed, and unfortunately it’s the sign of the times for the Queen at 96.”

So what’s next? Will Trooping the Colour continue? And how will the monarchy modernise in future?

For a start, the royal carriage might be retired.

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“The carriage may be stored at Windsor to gather dust until Prince Charles decides whether it’s suitable for his new image. It’s not their primary form of transport so it might end up in the Museum of London like the gold coronation carriage.”

Then there’s the event itself. First televised back in 1953, Trooping the Colour was a spectacular event that the nation would flock to witness.

Nowadays, Duncan explains, we Brits aren’t quite as passionate about such pomp and circumstance.

“Back in the day, Trooping the Colour was one of the major set pieces of the palace. People watched in awe as golden coats would parade through the streets. But those days are unfortunately in the past. It doesn’t have the draw for us in this day and age.”

As such, it’s quite possible Prince Charles will make significant changes when he takes the crown.

“We hear that Charles hopes to scale back. Riding a horse and carriage at Ascot was what the Queen did, but he may not,” muses Duncan. “I can guarantee that Charles will look at what we’ve associated with the Queen and make a decision as to whether or not society has moved on.

“These ceremonies are quite historic, but they’re also lavish and indulgent. The Prince of Wales is not lavish and I don’t know whether a horse and carriage will suit him as King.

“I think it’s highly likely that if your job right now is to groom the horses for the royal carriage, you might need to look for a new one soon.”

While it’s rather unlikely that we’ll see Charles and Camilla zooming up the Mall in an electric car in the future, he will make moves to modernise the monarchy.

“There’s a suggestion that Buckingham Palace would no longer be the centre of the monarchy when Charles is King,” says Duncan. “He’s established over the road at Clarence House and that would free up the palace to open all year round for state banquets and tourists.

“Put it this way: The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s most visited tourist attractions, and they ended the royal residency in 1789. We don’t rely on there being a royal presence in a residence to make them attractive.”

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