The Palace has put the Queen’s health concerns to rest with new images of a face-to-face encounter.
QUEEN Elizabeth II’s health has been questioned following her appearance in public with a walking stick on Tuesday, but the Palace has since allayed royal fans’ fears by releasing additional photographs showing the 95-year-old monarch carrying out an engagement unaided.
The Queen met pianist Dame Imogen Cooper on Wednesday, according to the Royal Family’s official Twitter account. “The Queen presented Dame Imogen Cooper with Her Majesty’s Medal for Music today, in an Audience at Buckingham Palace,” the post stated. “The Medal is granted to an extraordinary artist or group of musicians who have inspired the musical life of the nation,” it added, complete with musical notes and piano key emojis. The Queen stood alone as she delivered the award to Dame Cooper in the attached photos, with the two inspecting the medal in its protective box.
Prior to this musically themed royal engagement, Her Majesty, 95, was seen on Tuesday strolling around with the assistance of a walking stick, which the Palace described as “for comfort.”
This was the first time in decades that she was photographed using a cane.
The Queen had previously relied on a walking stick following a knee operation in the early 2000s.
She used the walking aid for a long time following the treatment, but she hasn’t used it since her recuperation.
This is believed to be the first time she has chosen to use one for reasons other than medical necessity.
On Tuesday, she was spotted at Westminster Abbey for a service commemorating the Royal British Legion’s centenary.
It was also noticed that the Queen entered the Abbey by the Poet’s Yard entrance rather than the Great West Door, as was customary.
Princess Anne, the monarch’s daughter, offered a reading at the service, which was led by the Dean of Westminster.
The Royal Family released photographs of the ceremony on Twitter, with the walking stick clearly visible.
“Today’s #RBL100 service highlighted the lasting history of the @PoppyLegion, the UK’s largest Armed Forces charity, as well as looking forward to the next 100 years,” the sequence of posts said.
“At Westminster Abbey, Her Majesty and HRH were joined by serving personnel, veterans, and volunteers.”
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