We hope that everyone has had a wonderful extended bank holiday weekend, celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. People from all over Britain, and similarly all around the world, got together and joined in the fun. From Street Parties to Pageants there was something for everyone to get involved.
There were lots of special and memorable moments throughout the celebrations. From the headlining music performances to the Queen and Paddington Bear enjoying a marmalade sandwich on screen, it was packed full of entertainment for all ages.
A Message From The Queen
The Queen very much enjoyed the celebrations and had this message for the British People:
“When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.
“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.
“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.
“I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.”
Royal Wheelchair Lift For The Queen
We are very pleased the Queen enjoyed the celebrations as much as we did and felt in well enough health to complete most of the planned events of the Jubilee. In only March this year it was made public that Queen Elizabeth II had a wheelchair lift installed in her Balmoral home, located in Scotland. This led to speculation that she maybe intending to spend more of her time in the region.
The wheelchair lift had to be approved via Aberdeenshire council due to the changing of the home’s structure and was given the green light to “solve the problem for disabled users in terms of gaining access up the existing staircase from ground floor to first floor, and vice versa’. The £20,000 Lifton through floor lift is suitable for a wheelchair and up to 3 additional users and will take them from the ground floor pantry to first floor bathroom.
However, it has not been confirmed the intended user is Her Majesty the Queen, there have been come additional upgrades to the home that suggest the public’s theories may be correct. New CCTV cameras have been installed, intercom, a security fence, and an automated gate as reported by Scottish Daily Express. The Queen’s mobility has been noticeably worsened and she has been relying on a walking stick in recent months.
To Adapt Or Not To Adapt?
We think that upgrading the home with a wheelchair lift for the Queen is a brilliant step to take and that it will make her day to day living much easier. We hope to see more adaptions made in other estate’s such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace. Mobility adaptions can make a huge difference to the users’ self-esteem, dignity and restore a sense of normality in their life.
There is some debate whether adaptions should in fact be made at all, due to the estate’s being a historical landmark and therefore protected, but there are simple solutions such as Stairlifts which will not require any structural amendments. Stairlifts are also easy to remove when they are no longer needed. Stairlifts don’t have to be an eyesore either, they can come in traditional fabrics and colours so they can match any décor necessary.
If you are thinking about a stairlift installation or would like to have one removed please get in touch on 0800 177 7266, or you can fill out a quick form and we will get back in touch.