The Queen sparks health fears after a recent outing with Princess Anne

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The Queen has sparked health fears among fans after a recent outing with Princess Anne.

The Queen has sparked health fears after she was spotted using a walking stick during a recent outing with Princess Anne.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was joined by her daughter Princess Anne, Princess Royal to attend a service of Thanksgiving to mark the centenary of The Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey in London.

It comes almost a week after the Queen was praised for looking beautiful during her first official engagement back at Windsor Castle as she shows no sign of wanting to retire even though Prince Charles is next in line to the throne in the royal succession.

Dressed in a vibrant royal blue jacket and hat combo, the Queen, 95, climbed out of her royal ride and used a walking stick to help her over the cobbles in the churchyard outside.

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But as she walked with the stick fans feared that the walking aid which appeared to be dragging behind her was set too high for the Queen.

ITV Royal News editor Chris Ship tweeted, 'The Queen arrived with her daughter Princess Anne for the service in honour of the Royal British Legion. The walking stick has not been seen before - except after knee surgery nearly 20 years ago.'

And fans started sharing their concerns as the Queen sparked health fears.

One fan tweeted, 'It’s too long for her. I use a stick and that won’t stop a fall but might cause one.'

Ability Superstore, which sells walking aids and shows you how to measure the correct height, advises on its website that 'a stick that is too long will force the shoulder unnaturally high. A stick that is too short will force the user to stoop.'

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Another fan put, 'She starting to look stressed and I am not surprised with what Harry and Megan put her through not seeing her granddaughter.'

And a third fan added, 'The Queen has a walking stick now. I'm a bit taken aback as I associate those with her mother.'

Although the Queen sparked health fears, another fan praised her for the move, 'Thank heavens she does use one now, always worried me to see her without assistance especially on stairs.'

And another person suggested, 'She may have been advised after being told about the cobbles.'

Whatever the reason for the Queen using the walking aid, she looked relaxed and ready to take part in the official engagement.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)