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Wed, 28 Apr, 2021

Queen Elizabeth makes first official appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth makes first official appearance since Prince Philip’s funeral

Queen Elizabeth has appeared in her first official public engagement since the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, earlier this month.

The Queen held two virtual audiences with the incoming ambassadors to the United Kingdom from Latvia and the Ivory Coast.

Two weeks of royal mourning for Philip ended last Friday, allowing the Queen to opt for another colour besides black.

She chose to wear a floral dress as she appeared via video link from Windsor Castle.

Latvia’s Ambassador Ivita Burmistre and the Ivory Coast’s Ambassador Sara Affoue Amani were both at Buckingham Palace.

The two women presented the Letters of Recall from their predecessors, along with their own Letters of Credence.

There are over 170 ambassadors and high commissioners based in London, each of whom receive an audience from the Queen shortly after stating their job.

This is the first time the Queen has been photographed carrying out her duties since the death of her husband on April 9, although she was working behind the scenes four days after his passing.

On April 13, she held a ceremony to mark the retirement of her former Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, and invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in St George’s Chapel was held in accordance with coronavirus restrictions, meaning only 30 family members and close friends were allowed to attend.

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