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London: Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday used a walking stick for the first time at a major public event while attending a mass at Westminster Abbey in London.
Elizabeth II, 95, got out of the car in which she was traveling with her daughter, Princess Anne, clutching a black cane, in a rare sight for the Queen.
The Queen was last photographed with a cane after undergoing knee surgery in 2004. Her office gave no reason for her to use a walking aid on Tuesday.
The Queen, the longest-reigning of Britain’s monarchs, is generally in good health in her old age, and her short stay in hospital for stomach problems in 2013 was her last known bout of illness.
Her husband, Philip, who was officially known as the Duke of Edinburgh, died on April 9 at the age of 99, a few weeks before his 100th birthday and after a period of illness.