Queen returns to royal duties just four days after Prince Philip’s death

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The ceremony was held for Earl Peel


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The Queen has resumed her royal duties, just days after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The monarch was back to work on Tuesday to host her first in-person event since Philip’s death on Friday.

She held a ceremony as Earl Peel officially stepped down as Lord Chamberlain.

The Duke of York said his mother was stoically supporting and the family had come together to support her, while the Duke of Cambridge pledged to respect Philip’s wishes and continue to support his grandmother la queen and “get the job done”. .

It was announced over the weekend that the monarchy and their households would observe two weeks of royal mourning, with family members “continuing to make commitments appropriate to the circumstances,” a royal official said.

Prince Philip lost his life on Friday
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The Princess Royal attended her first official event since her father’s death, joining, via video link, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Spring Conference as the organization’s sponsor.

Earl Peel had overseen the arrangements for the Duke’s funeral – known as Operation Forth Bridge – before handing the responsibility over to his successor, former MI5 spy chief Baron Parker, a little over a week before Philip’s peaceful death at Windsor Castle.

The Lord Chamberlain’s office, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, Comptroller to the Queen, is responsible for the practicality of the day.

The ceremony was held for Earl Peel
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Today's commitment was recorded in the Court's circular
Today’s commitment was recorded in the Court’s circular
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But it was Andrew Parker, Baron Parker of Minsmere, who took up his new post on April 1, after Earl Peel retired after more than 14 years in the post.

The Lord Chamberlain oversees all high-level appointments in the house, is the channel of communication between the Sovereign and the House of Lords, and coordinates between Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.

In a ceremony held at Windsor Castle, the Queen accepted the wand and official insignia of her former royal assistant.

The official engagement was recorded in the Court Circular – a daily list of events the Queen and her family attended.

The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on Saturday
The Duke of Edinburgh will be laid to rest on Saturday
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He said: “Earl Peel had an audience with the Queen today, handed over his wand and insignia of office as Lord Chamberlain and the insignia of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took his leave. after relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when His Majesty invested him with the Victorian Royal Chain. ”

The Queen recently bestowed a prestigious honor on Earl Peel, making him a permanent lord on standby.

The armed forces are stepping up preparations for the Duke’s funeral which will include service members from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF – alongside senior military officials.

Soldiers from the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are said to be preparing the special Land Rover – which the Duke helped design – which will carry his coffin on Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Paul Jaques, who served with REME, said of the Duke, former Colonel-in-Chief of his unit: “He was engaged with us and used to visit us probably once or twice a year since. 1969.

“And he had a huge passion for everything engineering. In his own words “If it wasn’t invented by God, it was invented by an engineer” “

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