Queen makes first official appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral
The Queen has carried out her first official public engagements since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, with two virtual audiences from inside Windsor Castle.
The monarch, who turned 95 last week, held two audiences with the ambassadors of Latvia and Ivory Coast, who were at Buckingham Palace, while she was at Windsor.
Photographs showed the Queen dressed in a pale blue floral dress and no longer wearing black after two weeks of royal court mourning ended on Friday.
Via video Ivita Burmistre, the ambassador from Latvia, presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence to the Queen, as did Sara Affoue Amani, the Ivory Coast ambassador.
It is the first time pictures have been released of Her Majesty carrying out her royal duties since Prince Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle on 9 April.
She was back at work just four days after his death with an audience and investiture with Earl Peel, who was relinquishing his role as Lord Chamberlain, and a day later she welcomed her new Lord Chamberlain, Baron Parker.
The Royal Family gathered for Prince Philip’s funeral on 17 April, at a socially distanced funeral service in St George’s Chapel, with the Queen pictured sat alone.
To mark her birthday last week she released a message thanking well-wishers for their support and tributes to her husband.
She said she and her family were in a “period of great sadness” but were comforted by words of praise for the duke.
“We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life,” she added.