LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II has been seen using a walking cane at a major public event for the first time.

The queen's daughter, Princess Anne, handed her the stick on Tuesday after the pair stepped out of a limousine at Westminster Abbey. They were arriving for a service honouring an armed forces charity, the Royal British Legion.The 95-year-old monarch smiled and appeared to move freely as she walked to her seat in the church.

The queen was photographed using a cane in 2003, but that was after she underwent knee surgery. Buckingham Palace declined to comment.