Queen, 95, uses walking stick

The Queen used a walking stick for support today as she arrived for a service of thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey.

The 95-year-old monarch, who is the patron of the armed forces charity, was accompanied by her daughter Princess Anne as she stepped out of a car in London in the autumn sunshine this morning.

The Queen is rarely seen with a walking stick, but she has previously been photographed using one on a few occasions including at engagements in 2003 and 2004 – although that was after she had a knee operation.

Today, she was said to have been using the stick ‘for comfort’ for the first time – and while no specific medical reason was given, the Abbey’s entrance could have influenced her decision because it is cobbled and uneven. 

The service aimed to highlight the Royal British Legion’s legacy built over the last century and its work supporting and commemorating those from the UK and Commonwealth communities in the armed forces.

The Queen and Anne joined a congregation representing those the organisation supports, including serving members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families.