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Though the royal family will observe two weeks of mourning, they will still be able to take up certain appropriate engagements

Queen Elizabeth II has returned to her royal duties four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The British monarch attended the retirement ceremony that was held for a senior royal official on Tuesday according to the Court Circular which is the official record of royal engagements.  

Currently, the royal family is observing a two week period of mourning for Prince Philip who passed away last Friday at the age of 99. The prince had been suffering from prolonged health issues and passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.

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The palace has said members of the royal family will still be able to "undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances" during this period of mourning. 

The retirement ceremony that the queen attended at Windsor Castle was for Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel. He was the royal household’s most senior official and had handed over his duties to his successor shortly before Prince Philip's death. Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel reportedly oversaw arrangements for the duke's funeral.

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The Queen was not the only member of the royal family attending official events. In fact, Princess Anne, the daughter of Prince Philip and the Queen, made a public appearance as she visited sailors at the Royal Yacht Squadron sailing club on Wednesday. 

Prince Philip's funeral will be taking place at Windsor Castle this Saturday. The funeral will reportedly only have an attendance of 30 people as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. 

However, hundreds of servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will be taking part in the funeral procession which they have been rehearsing for this week. 

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