Queen Elizabeth II used a stick at a large public event for the first time on Tuesday while attending a church service at Westminster Abbey in London.
The 95-year-old monarch got out of the car she was traveling in with daughter Princess Anne holding a black stick – a rare sight for a record-breaking monarch.
The last time she was photographed using a stick after a knee operation was in 2004. Her office gave no reason why she was using Tuesday’s walking aid.
The Queen – Britain’s longest-serving monarch – has generally enjoyed good health into her old age, and a brief hospital stay with a stomach worm in 2013 was her last known bout of the disease.
Her husband Philip, formally known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on 9 April at the age of 99, a few weeks before his 100th birthday and after a period of illness.
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