The Queen on duty at Windsor ahead of Prince Philip’s birthday
The Queen continued her official duties at Windsor Castle – just days before the first anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
The 95-year-old held virtual audiences on Tuesday, welcoming the ambassadors of Libya and the Republic of Congo, who presented their credentials via video link from Buckingham Palace.
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Last week, the country’s longest-serving monarch, who has opened up about her mobility issues, gathered for a poignant final farewell to her 73-year-old husband at a memorial service in his honor.
The Queen, escorted by her controversial son the Duke of York, gathered at Westminster Abbey with Philip’s friends and family and charity workers for her first official appearance outside a royal residence in nearly six month.
Saturday marks a year since the Duke, the country’s oldest consort and the Queen’s ‘strength and abode’, died in Windsor aged 99.
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The monarch is expected to mark this sad milestone privately at her Berkshire castle.
She is set to reach her 96th birthday in just over two weeks, on April 21, and is less than two months away from the big celebrations marking her platinum jubilee.
During the video call, the Queen, wearing a floral day dress, smiled broadly as she appeared onscreen sitting at her desk in the Oak Drawing Room.
Questions remain over what involvement Andrew, who paid millions out of court to settle a civil sexual assault case, will have in Jubilee, amid suggestions he could appear serving the thanksgiving and even the Epsom Derby despite his resignation from public office.