The Queen has carried out her first in-person royal duty since Prince Philip’s death (Picture: Rex)
The Queen has carried out her first official in-person royal duty four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away ‘peacefully’ at home in Windsor Castle on April 9. The Queen then declared a national period of mourning, which will last until his funeral on Saturday.
It was announced at the weekend that the monarchy and their households would observe two weeks of royal mourning, with members of the family ‘continuing to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances’, a royal official said.
Today the Queen hosted a retirement ceremony for former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, her household’s most senior official.
The Earl Peel oversaw arrangements for the Duke’s funeral, known as Operation Forth Bridge, before handing to his successor, former MI5 spy chief Baron Parker, a week before Philip died.
The Queen recently conferred a prestigious honour on him, making him a Permanent Lord in Waiting.
Prince Philip, 99, died in Windsor on Friday April 9 (Picture: PA)
During today’s ceremony, which was held at Windsor Castle, the Queen accepted her former royal aide’s wand and insignia of office.
A statement recorded in the Court Circular, a daily list of the events attended by the Queen and her family, read: ‘The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.’
Members of the Royal Family are expected to wear black or dark colours and mourning bands, where appropriate to do so, during the mourning period.
Princess Anne took part in her first official event since the death of her father, joining, via video-link, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s Spring Conference in her role as the organisation’s patron.
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