Princess Anne, 71, accompanied a rather frail-looking Queen Elizabeth II, 95, to Westminster Abbey to honour the British Legion on Tuesday morning. The Queen has continued to carry out engagements well into her 90s unaided but caught the attention of royal watchers on this occasion because she was carrying a walking stick.
Tuesday’s engagement was one of the first public outings made by the Queen since she returned from Balmoral Castle to Windsor last week and Anne’s presence at her side was symbolic.
Following the death of her husband Prince Philip last April the Queen is understood to have pared back her schedule and appears to be relying on younger members of the Firm more than ever.
Anne is the Queen’s only daughter and is known to be one of the hardest-working members of the Royal Family carrying out hundreds of engagements every year.
The Princess Royal was extremely close to the late Duke of Edinburgh and is said to have inherited much of his personality.
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Her daughter’s presence at her side may have been a huge source of comfort to the Queen as she faces her first winter since Philip’s death.
Following the engagement, The Royal Family tweeted: “The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, attended a special service at @WAbbey this morning to mark the centenary year of @PoppyLegion.
“The Royal Family have supported the work of the Royal British Legion since its creation in the aftermath of the First World War #RBL100.”
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While the Queen’s walking stick sparked health fears from some fans, the Palace confirmed she was using it “for comfort.”
ITV News’ royal correspondent Chris Ship tweeted: “The Queen seen with a walking stick as 95-year-old monarch arrives for a service at @wabbey to mark the centenary of the @PoppyLegion.
“She has used a stick before, after an operation.
“We are told she used one today ‘for comfort’.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK