The Queen carries out her first engagement since Prince Philip's funeral

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

The Queen looked to be in good spirits as she completed her first engagement following Prince Philip's funeral.

The 95-year-old monarch held a virtual audience with incoming ambassadors via video link from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty invited Ivita Burmistre, Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia. and Mrs. Sara Affoue Amani, Ambassador from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

The Royal Family's official Instagram account shared images from the virtual event, which showed the Queen smiling as she spoke with Ivita Burmistre. Her Majesty also wore a pale blue floral dress, after wearing black for two weeks of royal court mourning, which ended on Friday.

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"There are more than 170 Ambassadors and High Commissions based in London. Each have an Audience of The Queen shortly after taking up their role," the caption read.

To mark her 95th birthday last week, the Queen released a message thanking well-wishers for their support and tributes to her husband. She said that while she and her family were in a "period of great sadness", they were comforted by words of praise for Philip.

"We have been deeply touched and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life," she added.

Photo credit: HANNAH MCKAY - Getty Images
Photo credit: HANNAH MCKAY - Getty Images

It's believed that some of the Queen's family members remained with her at Windsor castle after the duke's funeral, which took place on April 17th, along with 20 staff members, called the 'HMS Bubble'.

The royal family have been busy this week - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have carried out their first official engagement since Philip's funeral in Windsor as they visited a farm in Durham.

The Queen's official birthday on June 12th is traditionally celebrated by the Trooping of the Colour parade, but the event has been cancelled again due to the pandemic.

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