Queen Elizabeth II was seen using a walking stick at a major public event for the first time Tuesday, when she attended a Westminster Abbey service marking the centenary of the Royal British Legion, an armed forces charity.
The queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, handed her the mobility device after they both stepped out of a limousine for the service in central London. The queen, who wore a royal blue wool coat with a matching hat, smiled and appeared to move freely as she walked to her seat in the church.
The queen and Anne joined a congregation that included serving military personnel, veterans and their families from the U.K. and Commonwealth countries.
The 95-year-old monarch was photographed using a cane 2003, although that was after she underwent knee surgery.