Queen Elizabeth II returned to work Tuesday to commemorate the retirement of the royal household’s top official, just three days after the death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years.
According to the Court Circular, the official record of the royal family’s engagements, the queen met with William Peel, 3rd Earl Peel, and hosted a ceremony to mark his retirement from the position of Lord Chamberlain.
The Lord Chamberlain oversees all public royal ceremonies and engagements, including royal weddings, state visits and the Queen’s famous garden parties.
In accordance with tradition, Peel returned to the Queen a ceremonial wand and office insignia he was given when he was invested as Lord Chamberlain.
Peel announced he would step down as Lord Chamberlain last year and he was earlier this month replaced by former MI5 chief Andrew Parker.
It was the Queen’s first engagement recorded on the Court Circular since she spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson Friday morning, soon after Philip died.
The royal family is observing a two-week morning period for patriarch Philip, but family members will continue to take part in appropriate engagements as needed, Buckingham Palace said over the weekend.
Philip died Friday at WIndsor Palace, just two months shy of his 100th birthday. Elizabeth, usually an “incredibly stoic” woman, is “feeling a huge void” since he died, the couple’s third son, Prince Andrew, told reporters Sunday. A private funeral, based on Philip’s wishes, will be held Saturday at St. George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds, best known to some as the venue for the 2018 wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.