The Queen has started using Prince Philip's favourite walking stick

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The Queen paid a discreet but touching tribute to her beloved Prince Philip as she celebrated a landmark 70 years on the throne this weekend.   

While marking her Platinum Jubilee with a tea party at Sandringham, the monarch kept the Duke of Edinburgh close to her heart by carrying his favourite wooden walking stick. 

Though she walked largely unaided, the Queen carried Philip’s trusty stick as she met estate workers, volunteers and members of the local Women’s Institute in her first public engagement for more than three months. 

Her Majesty’s subtle nod to her late husband comes after the Queen’s spate of ill-health since last autumn, with the monarch using a walking stick for the first time publicly in October last year. 

The 95-year-old monarch is thought to have taken to using the stick during her stay at Wood Farm, the cottage on the Sandringham estate where the Duke spent his retirement.  

While marking her Platinum Jubilee with a tea party at Sandringham, the  Queen kept the Duke of Edinburgh close to her heart by carrying his favourite wooden walking stick

While marking her Platinum Jubilee with a tea party at Sandringham, the  Queen kept the Duke of Edinburgh close to her heart by carrying his favourite wooden walking stick

Philip - who died at the age of 99 last April- was last seen carrying the walking stick publically in 2013, as he returned to royal duties after undergoing abdominal surgery

Philip – who died at the age of 99 last April- was last seen carrying the walking stick publically in 2013, as he returned to royal duties after undergoing abdominal surgery

Prince Philip’s biographer Gyles Brandreth told The Telegraph: ‘I recognised the stick instantly as it was always kept in a pot by the front door. It was the Duke’s stick, and it is very touching that the Queen has started using it.’ 

Philip – who died at the age of 99 last April- was last seen carrying the walking stick publically in 2013, as he returned to royal duties after undergoing abdominal surgery.  

The distinctive stick features curved handle carved from horn, and is reportedly longer than standard walking sticks. 

The Queen is rarely seen with a walking stick, but she has previously been photographed using one on a few occasions, including at engagements in 2003 and 2004. 

Though she walked largely unaided, the Queen carried Philip’s trusty stick as she met estate workers, volunteers and members of the local Women’s Institute in her first public engagement for more than three months

Though she walked largely unaided, the Queen carried Philip’s trusty stick as she met estate workers, volunteers and members of the local Women’s Institute in her first public engagement for more than three months

On October 12th last year, Her Majesty was seen using stick for support in public for the first time as she marked the Royal British Legion centenary at Westminster Abbey

On October 12th last year, Her Majesty was seen using stick for support in public for the first time as she marked the Royal British Legion centenary at Westminster Abbey

Two days later, the 95-year-old monarch carried a stick as she as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff

Two days later, the 95-year-old monarch carried a stick as she as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff

On October 12th last year, Her Majesty was seen using stick for support in public for the first time in nearly 20 years as she marked the Royal British Legion centenary at Westminster Abbey.  

Two days later, she carried a stick as she as she attended the sixth ceremonial opening of the Senedd at the Welsh Parliament building in Cardiff. 

The monarch had stayed in Philips’s beloved Wood Farm cottage for the 70th anniversary of her father’s death, which also marked her Accession Day, on February 6th.  

Her stay in the cottage was the first since Philip’s death, having spent the festive period at Windsor Castle.  

Fit for a Queen: Trusted walking stick Her Majesty has used for almost two decades 

The Queen used what experts described as a ‘telescopic walking pole with trigger grip and wrist loop’ rather than a traditional walking stick or cane.

The monarch was previously seen using the same stick when visiting Southampton in January 2004 when she viewed the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, so she appears to have had it for nearly two decades. 

One walking stick expert said the device is ‘more of an outdoors sports stick than a traditional walking stick’, while another said it was an ‘old trekking pole with cork handle of unknown brand to me’.

It was also suggested that the ‘mechanism inside which holds the telescope sections in place is not suitable for use as a mobility aid’ and that if she was to ‘lean heavily on it, it would slowly sink into itself’. 

She returned to Windsor Castle on Monday, with crowds gathering to watch the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire their cannons 41 times to mark Her Majesty’s milestone. 

During her celebrations at Sandringham, the Queen paid another discreet tribute to her late husband by wearing two Nizam of Hyderabad rose brooches, which had been wedding presents.

Her Majesty was on ‘sparkling’ form according to Yvonne Browne, vice-president of the Sandringham branch of the Women’s Institute, which has counted Her Majesty as a member since 1943. 

The monarch was introduced to one cook who helped create the original recipe for Coronation Chicken, devised to mark the day she was crowned in 1953. 

There are no signs the Queen will be taking a step back from public engagements this year. 

Palace officials are expected to announce a number of public outings for the Queen in the coming days, including a raft of ‘hardy annuals’ such as the annual Commonwealth Day Service in March, signalling her slow return back to work.

Sources are at pains to stress that Her Majesty will continue to ‘realistically pace herself’ in the run up to the main jubilee celebrations in June in view of her age – she will celebrate her 96th birthday in April.

‘It is about pacing her diary and ensuring there is flexibility. People are very mindful of the fact that at the age of 95, some days you wake up with aches and pains that you didn’t have the day before,’ a source said.

The Queen will also play a large part in engagements around her four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.

Aides are understood to be delighted with the Queen’s energetic at a reception at Sandringham this weekend – providing confidence she can continue with outings this year.

It is understood aides intend for the monarch to begin travelling for engagements next month ahead of her 96th birthday. 

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