At a royal occasion at Westminster Abbey, the Queen used her walking stick for the first time in 20 years.

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Pictures from The Queen’s visit to Westminster Abbey yesterday for the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion show her using a walking stick in public for the first time in 17 years

New pictures show the Queen using a walking stick in public for the first time in recent years at a royal event at Westminster Abbey service.

Her Majesty was joined by her daughter Princess Anne at the national service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

She exuded a trademark regal look in a royal blue coat, handbag and matching hat, and used the stick lightly for some extra support.

Queen Elizabeth, 95, was last seen using the same walking stick back in January 2004, when she used it to support her mobility following a knee operation.

Since then, she has not been seen using one on any royal engagements.

She was handed the stick after exiting her limousine but seemed to be moving with ease as she made her way into her seat for the start of the church service.

The long-reigning monarch also took a shorter route to her seat, arriving by the poet’s yard entrance instead of the traditional great west door.

The measures are understood to be taken for the Queen’s comfort, rather than a new medical complaint.

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.

The Royal British Legion, who the service was held in honour of, has provided influential support to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and the wider military family over the last century.

The charity is well-known for the annual red poppy appeal, which raises money by encouraging people to wear the flower in memory of those who have served the nation.

Retired Lieutenant General James Bashall, who leads the legion, said the centenary was a “very proud moment” for all those associated with the legion and it was an honour to have their patron the Queen and Anne as guests at the service.

He said: “In our centenary year, we remain committed to our mission to ensure that those who have given so much for their country get the fair treatment, support and recognition they deserve.

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