Queen 'should be used sparingly' – expert weighs in after monarch seen with walking stick

Her Majesty, 95, was spotted using a walking stick twice this week. An insider made it clear this move had been taken “for comfort” rather than for any medical issue.

But the use of a lightweight walking stick by the sovereign should not be a cause of concern given her age, it is suggested.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey believes “every measure” should be taken to make engagements as comfortable as possible for the Queen.

Moreover, Ms Tominey argued the Queen should be “used sparingly”, given her importance.

Writing in the Telegraph’s weekly royal newsletter, Ms Tominey said: “I appreciate it is difficult, at a time when the upper echelons of the monarchy have become depleted in the absence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Prince Andrew, for there to be enough members of the Royal family to go around. 

“Hence the need for the Queen to be front and centre of major occasions like this important century celebration and other high-level powwows like the G7 and forthcoming COP26 climate change summit.

“However, since she is undoubtedly the ultimate jewel in the crown, the Queen should arguably be used sparingly.

“Quality not quantity should continue to be the focus leading up to the day on April 21, 2026, when the Queen faces the dilemma of whether or not to send herself a telegram!”

The Royal Family currently counts 11 full-time working royals able to support the Queen and the Crown. 

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Seven of them are aged over 70s, including Prince Charles, Princess Anne and the Duke of Kent.

The Queen was first seen with a walking stick this week, on October 12, as she attended a service of thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion, of which she is the patron.

Stepping out of her car unaided, she was passed the walking stick by Princess Anne as she navigated uneven cobbled pavement outside Westminster Abbey.

The monarch also opted to take a shorter route to her seat inside the abbey -instead of arriving at its main entrance. 


Her Majesty was seen using the walking stick a second time on October 14, when she attended the opening of the Welsh Parliament, the Senedd.

As was the case at the abbey, she appeared in high spirits and splendid form while chatting with members of parliament, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and well-wishers.

After addressing the Senedd, she was even caught making a cutting remark about world leaders who “talk but don’t do” when it comes to the environmental crisis.

In a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, presiding officer of the Senedd, the monarch said: “Extraordinary, isn’t it? I’ve been hearing all about Cop. 

“I still don’t know who is coming. No idea.

“We only know about people who are not coming.

“It’s really irritating when they talk but they don’t do.”

The Queen has enjoyed good health over the decades. 

The last time she was seen walking with a stick was in 2003 when was photographed leaving hospital after undergoing surgery to remove torn cartilage in her right knee.

A decade later, she had a precautionary visit to hospital after she experienced “symptoms of gastroenteritis”, as stated by Buckingham Palace at the time.

And, in 2018, it was revealed the monarch had successfully underwent a cataract procedure.     

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