A little over a week after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, was laid to rest, she has made her first public appearance.

Continuing to be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic, Her Majesty made two virtual appearances to converse with the ambassadors of Lativa and Ivory Coast – she was based in Windsor, while they were at Buckingham Palace in London.

A photograph of the Queen on a Zoom call was shared on Instagram as she virtually met with Ivita Burmistre, the ambassador from Latvia, and Sara Affoue Amani, the Ivory Coast ambassador.


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They both presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and Letters of Credence to the Queen.

Following her period of mourning, the Queen was seen wearing a light blue coloured dress with floral detailing and paired it with a set of pearls.

The meeting took place 10 days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on April 17. He had passed away eight days prior on April 9.

Prince Philip’s funeral

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral for the Duke of Edinburgh was a toned-down affair, taking place within the grounds of Windsor Castle in the UK, with no members of the public present and only 30 members of close family and friends permitted in St George’s Chapel, where the service took place.

In line with social distancing requirements, Queen Elizabeth II sat alone as she bid a final farewell to her beloved husband of 73 years.


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A poignant photo was shared to the British Royal Family Instagram of Her Majesty standing alone as her husband’s coffin was carried into the chapel.

Also in attendance at the funeral was Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The service was lead by the dean of Windsor, David Conner, who praised the late Duke of Edinburgh’s “kindness, humour and humanity”. He also added that the entirety of the UK was “inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen”.

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