The Queen has made her first public appearance since Prince Philip's funeral

Megan Sutton
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It's not yet been two weeks since the funeral of Prince Philip, and the Queen has again shown her dedication to her role as monarch, by carrying out her first public duty since she laid her husband to rest.

It's not the first time the Queen has carried out a duty since the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, although it is the first time she's done so publicly rather than privately.

Four days after her husband's death, the Queen carried out her first official duty since the bereavement, by hosting an in-person ceremony to recognise the Earl Peel formally standing down from the role of Lord Chamberlain, whose office organises royal ceremonies.

The entire Royal Family were still in mourning at the time, but a spokesperson explained that they would continue "to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances". Her Majesty didn't appear in public, as the private event was held at Windsor Castle.

Yesterday (27 April), the Queen carried out another engagement, and this time it was documented on social media. Official royal accounts shared images of the Queen holding audiences with incoming Ambassadors via video link from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace.

Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

The Queen spoke with Her Excellency Mrs Ivita Burmistre, Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia and Her Excellency Mrs Sara Affoue Amani, Ambassador from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire on the calls.

In the image shared of the Queen's video call duties, she can be seen smiling despite the hard time she's going through, and wearing bright colours, now the official mourning period has ended.

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The royal mourning period lasted from 9 to 17 April, including the Duke's funeral.

It was explained that the period would be "observed by Members of the Royal Family and their Households, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties" and that as well as only undertaking "appropriate" engagements, "Mourning bands would be worn were appropriate."

Now the mourning period is officially over, we can expect to see more of the Queen as she resumes public duties. According to the Telegraph, royal sources have said the monarch is "throwing herself back into official duties rather than easing her way back slowly" because it's what Prince Philip would have wanted.

It's an attitude clearly shared by other members of the family. In his touching tribute to his grandfather, following his death, the Duke of Cambridge said: "I know he would want us to get on with the job."

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