The Queen was photographed standing with Prince Charles and Camila in front of the Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle amid an internal battle over Prince Andrew
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The Queen was pictured with a walking stick for the first time since the centenary celebrations.
The monarch was photographed alongside Prince Charles and Camilla to celebrate the service of the Order of the Garter after presenting the latter with a major new honour.
HM, 96, wearing a silver and white dress and her blue garter sash and holding a walking stick, stood between the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The first in line to the throne, 73, and his wife, 74, wore their sumptuous velvet garter robes.
The photo was taken on Monday before the Garter service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
On the Queen’s arm she carried a matching silver handbag and in her hand her spectacles. She also wore her garter star badge, bow brooch and silver shoes.
It comes after Buckingham Palace announced Prince Andrew will not appear in the public gallery.
However, the disgraced Duke of York will attend a private luncheon and ceremony installing new members of the Order of the Garter.
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It is understood that the decision not to publicly participate was a “family decision” for Andrew, whose reputation has been severely tarnished by his involvement in a civil sex trial.
The royals made a “family decision” to limit the disgraced Andrew’s Garter Day appearance to a backstage lunch and investiture ceremony.
As a result, Andrew was not seen in public during the event, one of the most colorful on the royal calendar, after Prince Charles and William reportedly pitched the Queen to attend.
The Duke of Cambridge is said to have warned he would pull out of the ceremony if his disgraced uncle were allowed to attend.
He cut a “grumpy and pathetic-looking figure,” said a body language expert.
Former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair was appointed as a Knight Companion in Britain’s oldest and longest-serving chivalric order, and the honor sparked a vocal protest outside the castle walls from around 100 Stop the War activists, who at one point chanted ‘Tony Blair war criminal’.
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The Queen did not take part in the traditional procession of the Knights and Dames of the Garter through the grounds of Berkshire Castle.
The decision was expected given her ongoing mobility issues, and in recent years she has driven to the place of worship.
She attended the behind-the-scenes luncheon and investiture ceremony.
It is the first time the Queen has been pictured since four days of celebrations to celebrate her platinum anniversary.
Camilla was in the procession for the first time after being proclaimed Royal Lady of the Garter.
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