Queen Elizabeth smiles during first official public appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral
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Queen Elizabeth is returning to royal duties now that the formal mourning period for her late husband Prince Philip has ended.
On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II attended her first public appearance following the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh, died earlier this month at the age of 99 and was put to rest at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.
The 95-year-old held two virtual engagements from Windsor Castle, where she has been for the majority of the past year owing to the coronavirus outbreak. She emerged in a blue floral dress with pearls, replacing the black clothes she wore for the funeral and mourning period.
The Queen was seen smiling while greeting the ambassadors from the Republic of Latvia, Ivita Burmistre, and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Sara Affoue Amani.
The palace tweeted, “There are more than 170 Ambassadors and High Commissions based in London,” “Each have an Audience of The Queen shortly after taking up their role.”
Despite the death of her 73-year-old child, the Queen seemed to be in the best of spirits during the calls.
Although she might have put on a good show for her guests, the royal announced last week in a message commemorating her 95th birthday that she and her family are indeed deeply troubled by Prince Philip’s death.
She said the royal family was going through a “period of great sadness,” but found solace in terms of appreciation for the duke.
“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world,” she said.
“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
On Friday, Elizabeth ended a two-week stretch of royal mourning.
According to People Magazine, the queen had resumed her duties four days after the death of her 73-year-old spouse.
She held a retirement ceremony at Windsor Castle in recognition of Earl Peel, who stood down as Lord Chamberlain a week before Philip’s funeral, according to the Court Circular. She has also taken her dogs on walks inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Elizabeth was 13 when she met Philip, who was then 18 years old. The then-princess was visiting Dartmouth Naval College with her parents and younger sister Princess Margaret at the time. In 1947, they married and lived together until his death.
Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandson, did not remain in London to celebrate her birthday after Philip’s funeral because he had to fly home to pregnant wife Meghan Markle and their baby, Archie, in California, as Page Six originally disclosed.
Philip’s funeral was attended by the Queen, Prince Harry, 36, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and a number of other royals.
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May 10, 2021 at 10:47 pm
Can you please tell the Queen. I just love her. I read everything about her and her family. I feel for her great loss. I’m so sad I never got a chance to meet Phillip. I loved his sassy comments, all of them. She must have one terrific life with him.
God bless her forever. Love you
May 12, 2021 at 9:07 am
Godbless her Majesty as she continues her Royal duties and adjusts to life without her husband, friend,& confidant.
Madeleinr Marcella Gagne
May 12, 2021 at 4:15 pm
I have loved Her Majesty since I first watched her wedding and her Royal Coronation. I also loved to watch her father when television showed His Majesty waving to the crowds. His Majesty was so beloved by all countries and it’s people sand so is His daughter, Queen Elizabeth. May Her Majesty remain with us as long God wants it’s so, for we would be devastated at losing her, as we were so sad to lose Prince Philip. May God give her strength to carry on. The Royal family needs her to understand that the continuaty of the Monarchy is a precious commodity to each every member, even Prince Harry and his son, Prince Archie (as he should be titled as he is the direct grandson of the future King of England). God Bless the Queen, this much loved lady all over the world.
Madeleine Marcella Gagne
May 12, 2021 at 4:24 pm
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, is a much loved lady all over the world, and will remain so long after her passing, as the most loved and dedicated Sovereign to her subjects. God Bless Her Majesty, our Queen.o