(RoyalPatriot.com )- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made a second surprise public appearance this week, this time to open a new railway line named in her honor.
The 96-year-old Queen has been suffering from “episodic mobility problems,” according to Buckingham Palace. The problems have been significant enough to keep her from attending the State Opening of Parliament, where the Queen traditionally lays out the government’s annual agenda.
But on Tuesday, the Queen traveled to Paddington Station in central London to officially opened the new Elizabeth Line.
After the Queen’s visit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the assembled guests that it was “fantastic” to see the Queen attend, adding that they were “all incredibly touched and moved.”
This was her second public appearance this week. On Sunday, the Queen attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
According to one of the gossipy Royal Family watchers, Queen Elizabeth is expected to travel to Scotland for a few days as she typically does this time of year.
Next month kicks off the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking Britain’s longest-reigning monarch’s 70th year on the throne.
The celebrations begin on June 2 with the Queen’s birthday parade, “Trooping the Colour,” which is expected to include a balcony appearance from the Queen, a carriage procession, and a ceremony.
The following day, a service of thanksgiving is scheduled at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London followed by a royal visit to the Epsom Derby on June 4 for horse races. A concert at Buckingham Palace is scheduled for later that evening, though the Queen is unlikely to attend.
Then on June 5, the Jubilee celebrations will cap off with a pageant outside Buckingham Palace where thousands are expected to attend. It is likely there will be a second balcony appearance during the pageant.
It is expected that the Queen will participate in at least some of the events scheduled over the four-day Jubilee celebrations. However, given her health problems, the public may not know in advance which events the Queen will attend.