Queen returns to royal duties after death of Prince Philip

Britain_Prince_Philip_06551 Portraits of the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh are displayed in the window of an art gallery following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99, in Windsor, England, Tuesday April 13, 2021. The funeral for Prince Philip is scheduled for upcoming Saturday.
Britain_Prince_Philip_46545 The King Henry VIII gates are tested to open and close at Windsor Castle guarded by armed police and casket wardens in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died Saturday April 10, aged 99, and his funeral will take place in Windsor upcoming Saturday.
Britain_21686 Tributes are laid outside Windsor Castle Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Britain_Prince_Philip_87853 A shop displays a triptych of photos of Prince Philip in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Britain_Prince_Philip_14670 Two women lay flowers outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Britain_Prince_Philip_08031 A young girl lays flowers as a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
APTOPIX_Britain_Prince_Philip_97075 In this undated handout photo provided by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their great grandchildren, from left, Prince George, Prince Louis, Savannah Phillips (standing at rear), Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips holding Lena Tindall, and Mia Tindall. Britain's Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that mostly defined his life, died on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Britain_Prince_Philip_53600 Soldiers from the Welsh Guards bow their heads as they rehearse for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10.
Britain_Prince_Philip_52933 Members of the Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10.
Britain_Prince_Philip_45804 A member of the Coldstream Guards prepares his uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10.
Britain_Prince_Philip_12557 A member of the Household Cavalry, The Life Guards preparing her uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10.
Britain_Prince_Philip_96180 A worker carries a cutout of a guardsman, with a warning to remind people not to let their guard down with regards to coronavirus, as he looks for a suitable place to put it up, to coincide with non-essential shops being reopened this week, opposite Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Britain_Prince_Philip_69742 A worker attaches a cutout of a guardsman to a sign to remind people not to let their guard down with regards to coronavirus, to coincide with non-essential shops being reopened this week, outside Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Britain_Prince_Philip_56229 Wardens stand lined up, with police officers standing guard behind them outside the King Henry VIII Gate of Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, as preparations stepped up on Wednesday for his ceremonial funeral on the weekend.

The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official on Tuesday, according to the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements.

The royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99. The palace has said family members will “undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances” during the mourning period.

The family also released previously unseen photos as they shared memories of Philip. One photo shows the queen and Philip surrounded by seven of their great-grandchildren at a family gathering in 2018. The picture, which shows the queen holding a baby Prince Louis in her lap, is a rare image of the monarch holding one of her great-grandchildren.

The queen attended a ceremony at Windsor Castle for Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, who has retired as the royal household’s most senior official. He oversaw arrangements for the funeral of Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, until handing over to his successor days before the duke’s death.

The queen and Philip’s daughter, Princess Anne, made a public appearance on Wednesday, visiting young sailors at the Royal Yacht Squadron sailing club on the Isle of Wight off England’s south coast. Prince Philip was a Royal Navy veteran and keen sailor.

His funeral will take place Saturday at Windsor Castle, with attendance limited to 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.

Although it is a scaled-down service because of the pandemic, hundreds of servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will take part in the funeral procession, and Philip’s coffin will be borne to St. George’s Chapel at the castle on a specially adapted Land Rover, which he designed himself.

Military personnel rehearsed for the event Wednesday at Army Training Centre Pirbright, near London. One of four Royal Marines buglers who will play “The Last Post” at the service said it was an “honor and privilege” to perform the role.

“It’s incredibly important. We feel nervous,” said Sgt. Bugler Jamie Ritchie. “We feel the pressure, but we’re channeling that and we’re using that and we’re going to deliver an outstanding performance.”

Since Philip’s death his four children have all paid tribute to him, as have grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Another grandchild, Eugenie, shared memories on Instagram of “learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read” with her “dearest Grandpa.”

“I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy,” wrote Eugenie, who is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York. “I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day. I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer.”

“I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren,” she wrote. “Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you.”

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