Queen pictured smiling without walking stick after Jubilee mobility issues

The Queen was pictured smiling as she attended a royal engagement without a walking stick, following her recent mobility issues.

Her Majesty, 96, has recently been pictured at several appearances using a walking aid – including at the Order of the Garter service with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall last week.

However, on Tuesday afternoon, the Queen received a special award from the Archbishop of Canterbury at Windsor Castle where she was seen walking without her mobility aid.

She was seen walking across and shaking hands with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who presented her with a special 'Canterbury Cross' to mark her service to the Church of England over seventy years.

The Queen wore a white dress that was decorated with a pink floral pattern for the occasion, as well as a pair of flat black shoes. She also wore a simple set of matching pearl earrings and a necklace, as she was seen smiling and conversing with the Archbishop.

The latest photo of the monarch comes after she was forced to miss a number of events during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including St Paul's Thanksgiving service (June 3), as well as Royal Ascot due to mobility issues.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the Queen had "greatly enjoyed" her birthday parade and flypast in London but "did experience some discomfort".

A spokesperson said at the time: "Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend."

Prior to her Jubilee celebrations she had also pulled out of a number of public events over the last several months, including the Queen’s speech at Parliament – the first time she has done so in almost 60 years.

The reason for her absence at key events is believed to be "episodic mobility problems", as stated in another Palace statement.

The walking stick sometimes used by the Queen is believed to be a former favourite of her late husband, Prince Philip.

It comes after Her Majesty is said to be hosting a lavish birthday bash for Kate Middleton and Prince William this summer, as the royal couple celebrate turning 40 within six months of each other.

The Duchess of Cambridge turned 40 at the beginning of the year, while the Duke celebrates his birthday today, Tuesday 21 June.

Kate’s thought to have held “scaled back” birthday celebrations back in January, but will now “celebrate in style” with her husband as Her Majesty The Queen will allow the pair to have a party at either Windsor Castle or at Sandringham.

However, in light of her ongoing mobility issues, it’s likely the Queen will not confirm her attendance until the day of the event, a source told Mirror Online.

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