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

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Queen Elizabeth II has returned to her royal duties just four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Her Majesty entered a period of mourning, along with senior Royals, following the death of the Duke on April 9 2021.

She returned back to duties just four days later, hosting a retirement ceremony for former Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel on April 13.

Lord Earl Peel was due to step down at the end of 2020 but delayed his retirement because of the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said in January.

He agreed to stay on for longer while the search of this successor took place, and announced his retirement early 2021.

Lord Peel was the head of the Queen’s working household, ensuring the smooth running of all the different departments.

Returning to her duties so soon after Prince Philip passed typifies the Queen's deep sense of duty and service to the country.

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In a tribute to his grandfather, Prince Philip said the Duke would want the family to "get on with the job" at hand.

Nonetheless, it was announced at the weekend the monarchy and their households would observe two weeks of royal mourning, with members of the family "continuing to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances."

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