The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the longest-serving royal consort in British history, died on Friday at the age of 99. The UK has now entered a period of national mourning that will last until Saturday 17 April, when the royal funeral will take place.
The Queen is already taking part in in-person royal engagements, just few days after her beloved husband of 73 years – her “rock” as Prince Harry has put it – passed away on Friday.
But duty can’t wait. On Tuesday, the Queen hosted a ceremony for the retirement of the Earl Peel, who stepped down as the royal household’s most senior officer Lord Chamberlain.
William Peel held the position for over 14 years and was actually overseeing a so-called “Operation Forth Bridge” – a detailed plan for Prince Philip’s funeral. Now the arrangements will be handed over to his successor Andrew Parker, Baron Parker of Minsmere, who took up the new role on 1 April.
According to the Court Circular, the list which reveals events attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family, the private ceremony for Earl Peel’s retirement was held at Windsor Castle on 13 April.