The Queen has been seen using a walking stick in a major sign the monarch’s advanced age may be catching up with her.
The 95-year-old used the walking aid for support as she attended a service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey in London.
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The accessory raises questions over Her Majesty’s health as it is the first time she has been seen using a walking stick since 2003, when she was spotted with a cane following a knee operation.
However, it is understood the accessory was used for the “comfort” of the Queen. No specific medical reason for the stick has been given.
The Queen was accompanied at the event, which highlighted the legacy of the UK’s biggest Armed Forces Charity, by her daughter Princess Anne.
She arrived at Westminster Abbey via the Poet’s Yard entrance rather than the Great West Door, which involves a shorter walk to her seat.
The monarch was handed the stick as she got out of her limousine and used it as she walked over the cobbled ground to enter the abbey.
Buckingham Palace has reportedly declined to comment on whether the stick is a sign the Queen may be ill.