She appeared to move freely as she walked to her seat for the start of the service, but used a shorter route via the poet’s yard entrance instead of the traditional great west door.
The 95-year-old monarch was seen using the stick again as she left.
“She was using a cane. She was 95,” Nine Network’s Alex Cullen said while reporting about yesterday’s headlines, to which Stefanovic replied: “She could use it to beat you up.”
“I‘d let her win. She’s 95,” Cullen joked.
Stefanovic then said: “She would smash you, bro,” to which Cullen said: “She would smash me and then jump on me.”
“I suppose she is single,” Stefanovic added, after which the panel began laughing.
The hosts have received backlash for their crude comments on social media.
One person wrote: “Karl Stefanovic makes crude joke about the Queen using a walking stick. Stefanovic and Cullen should be fired for their rudeness, disrespect and crude insinuations, that stick is to help our 95-year-old Queen and that sort of rubbish on our TV program should be dealt with harshly.”
Karl Stefanovic makes crude joke about the Queen using a walking stick. Stefanovic & Cullen should be fired for their rudeness, disrespect & crude insinuations, that stick is to help our 95 year old Queen & that sort of rubbish on our TV program should be dealt with harshly,
— Old Bill (@Cuthred) October 13, 2021
Another person called the hosts “ignorant b*******”
According to reports, the walking stick is understood to be tailored for the Queen’s comfort, but Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
This isn’t the first time the Queen has been seen using a walking stick. In 2004, she was photographed using one at engagements after she had a knee operation.
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