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The Queen returns to royal duties just four days after Prince Philip’s death

The Queen has returned to royal duties, just four days after the death of her husband Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, April 9, aged 99.

On Tuesday, the British monarch hosted a retirement ceremony at Windsor Castle for Earl Peel, as he formally stepped down as Lord Chamberlain after 14 years.

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The Lord Chamberlain position is the most senior officer role appointed by the Royal family.

Earl Peel has been replaced by former MI5 spy chief Andrew Parker, who will oversee the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral proceedings this week.

The funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday, April 17 at 3pm, and will be broadcast live.

In line with current restrictions, only 30 people will be allowed at the service, and the public have been asked not to attend.

Prince Harry has already jetted back from the U.S. for the funeral, without his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duchess of Sussex is currently pregnant with their second child, and has been advised not to travel.

This is the first time Harry has returned to the UK since he stepped down as a senior working member of the Royal family last March.

It’s also the first time he will come face-to-face with his family since that bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.


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