Queen Elizabeth II of England, followed by Princess Anne, right, arrive at a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London.  (Arthur Edwards / Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II was seen using a cane at a major public event for the first time Tuesday, when she attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, a British charity. armed forces.

The 95-year-old monarch was photographed with a cane in 2003, but that was after she underwent knee surgery.

The queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, handed her the cane after they both got out of a limousine for service in central London. The queen, who wore a royal blue wool coat with a matching hat, smiled and seemed to move smoothly as she walked to her seat in the church.

He entered the abbey through the Poets Corner entrance instead of the usual Great West Gate. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

The Queen and Anne joined a congregation that included serving military personnel, veterans and their families from the United Kingdom and countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.

The service highlighted the work of the Royal British Legion, which was founded in 1921 to care for service members and their families after World War I.

Queen Elizabeth II of England, followed by Princess Anne, right, arrive at a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London. (Arthur Edwards / Pool Photo via AP)
Queen Elizabeth II of England smiles as she leaves a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London.  (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England smiles as she leaves a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London.  (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
England's Queen Elizabeth II, center, arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London.  On the left his daughter, Princess Anne. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England, center, arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London. On the left his daughter, Princess Anne. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London.  (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)
Queen Elizabeth II of England arrives for a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in London. (AP Photo / Frank Augstein, Pool)

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