LONDON.- Queen Elizabeth II made her first engagements via video on Tuesday since the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, continuing with their royal duties upon formally receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors of Côte d’Ivoire and Latvia.
The 95-year-old monarch held virtual hearings from Windsor Castle, where she has lived during the COVID-19 pandemicwhile the ambassadors were 20 miles (32 kilometers) away at Buckingham Palace in central London.
The queen, who ended two weeks of royal mourning on Friday, she wore a floral dress and pearls for the occasion.
Videos of the events were the first released to the public since Philip’s funeral held on April 17 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Strict social distancing rules forced the queen to sit alone during the funeral mass, something that moved many who have suffered losses during the pandemic.
But as expected she has returned to work and to public view.
The week before the funeral, the queen attended the retreat of her Lord Chamberlain, who organizes all her ceremonial events for the palace., and welcomed his replacement. None of these events were photographed.
The queen celebrated her birthday last week and used the occasion to express her gratitude to all those who paid tribute to Felipe., her husband of 73 years.
The royal family is in “a period of great sadness” but he has found comfort in words of praise for the duke, he said.