The Queen has returned to duty to mark the retirement of a senior household official.
Queen returns to public duties just four days after Prince Philip’s death. She held her first in-person duty on Tuesday. Just four days after the death of her husband.
The Queen held a ceremony for the Earl Peel who stood down as Lord Chamberlain.
His role was one of the highest ranked in the Royal household. Stepping back into her official role so soon shows the dedication to duty that she has had for all of her years as Queen.
The family have rallied round to support her in her time of need. The Duke of Cambridge said that, as was Prince Philip’s wish, they will continue to support the Queen and “get on with the job”.
Shortly after his death it was announced that the monarchy would observe two weeks of mourning. And a Royal official said the family would “continuing to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances.”
Before stepping down the Earl Peel oversaw arrangements for the Prince’s funeral. Then handed over to his successor, Baron Parker, a week before Philip died at Windsor Castle.
The Lord Chamberlain’s office deals with the practical side of the Royal day. The Earl Peel’s retirement comes after more than 14 years in the role. During a ceremony held at Windsor Castle, the Queen accepted her former royal aide’s wand and insignia of office.
The Court Circular, a daily list of events attended by the Queen, said. “The Earl Peel had an audience of The Queen today, delivered up his Wand and Insignia of Office as Lord Chamberlain and the Badge of Chancellor of the Royal Victorian Order and took leave upon relinquishing his appointment as Lord Chamberlain, when Her Majesty invested him with the Royal Victorian Chain.”