The Queen is already taking part in in-person royal engagements, just few days after her beloved husband of 73 years – her “rock” as Prince Harry has put it – passed away on Friday.
But duty can’t wait. On Tuesday, the Queen hosted a ceremony for the retirement of the Earl Peel, who stepped down as the royal household’s most senior officer Lord Chamberlain.
William Peel held the position for over 14 years and was actually overseeing a so-called “Operation Forth Bridge” – a detailed plan for Prince Philip’s funeral. Now the arrangements will be handed over to his successor Andrew Parker, Baron Parker of Minsmere, who took up the new role on 1 April.
According to the Court Circular, the list which reveals events attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family, the private ceremony for Earl Peel’s retirement was held at Windsor Castle on 13 April.
During the event, the former staffer has “delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order” to the Queen, while relinquishing his appointment.
The Royal Family is now observing two weeks of mourning following Prince Philip’s “peaceful” passing at Windsor Castle on Friday. Despite the mourning, carried out by the family and their households, the royals will still “continue undertaking engagements appropriate to the circumstances,” Buckingham Palace announced.
As such, Princess Anne has already taken part in the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's Spring Conference, albeit via video-link.
Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will all come together on 17 April for his funeral in St. George’s Chapel. Even former senior royal Prince Harry, who now resides in Los Angeles with pregnant wife Meghan and son Archie, came home to say his last goodbye to his grandfather.
According to the Duke of Sussex, Prince Philip was “cheeky” right until the end.
His older brother Prince William added that although he “will miss” his grandfather, Prince Philip would have wanted the family “to get on with the job”.