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Despite being 90-years-old, The Queen still walks down the Cenotaph steps backwards

She may be 90-years-old, but Her Majesty The Queen always makes sure she walks down the steps of the Cenotaph backwards, a challenge people much younger than her will struggle with.

Even The Prince of Wales walked down the steps backwards less graciously than his mother, and he is more than 20 years her junior.

Walking down the Cenotaph steps backwards is customary for younger royals so they are not seen to turn their backs on the war dead, however, older royals are excused from this practice at their discretion.

The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh walked down the steps normally, however, he turned around again at the bottom and saluted.

In actual fact, the only time people usually need to walk down steps backwards is when they are walking away from The Queen herself, so they never have their back turned towards the monarch.

This is what happens at the State Opening of Parliament once the Lord Chancellor hands The Queen her speech.

However, as she has done for the past 71 years, the monarch is still adamant in ensuring she is seen to be respecting the war dead, and indeed the dead are the only ones whom Her Majesty bows to.

Some people took to Twitter to commend The Queen on still managing to walk down steps backwards.

One user wrote: “The Queen is an impressive lady. Backwards down the steps! Classy!”

Another person said: “At 90, Queen Elizabeth can walk backwards unaided down a set of steps. That is genuinely impressive.”

Thousands of people gathered at the Cenotaph for a two-minute silence at 11 o’clock to honour those killed in wars and conflicts past and present.

Her Majesty and her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh alongside other members of the royal family all laid wreaths at the base of the memorial in Whitehall.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex watched on a balcony in Whitehall.

This was the Queen’s 71st Remembrance Sunday service. The first one she attended was after the end of World War II in 1945 when she was just aged 19 years old.

At 90-years-old, she and her family always mark the occasion year after year ensuring those lost and injured in war are never forgotten.

  • Suzanne Capolingua

    God Bless this amazing woman our Queen!

  • Mr. Christian

    May she fulfill her desire to reign until 100 or more. I am concerned that her boxes are being abused. Some had said that she was sharing them with Prince Charles apart from the Prime Minister. But, there is very little today that can be kept private. God bless for her belief as a Christian as am I.

    • robert

      Her father shared the boxes with her. My favorite photo of the Queen is the Princess Elizabeth looking over her father’s shoulder as he explains the state documents. It is entirely appropriate that she take the same care with her heir. Be assured, HM takes her responsibilities and prerogatives very seriously, and that her boxes get the utmost care and respect.

  • Jay LaMont

    One of a thousand reasons why I respect her so………..

  • Cpt_Justice

    G-d Save the Queen! Long may she reign!

  • Rolland

    If I could just give her my blessing I’d be happy, but my Canadian government gives her 50 million dollars a year

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