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Queen back to royal duties

She attends rite as nation readies for Philip’s funeral by JILL LAWLESS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | April 15, 2021 at 4:43 a.m.
A soldier from the Household Calvary Life Guards prepares his uniform Wednesday on the drill square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England, before rehearsing for the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip. (PA/AP/Victoria Jones)

LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, as preparations stepped up Wednesday for his ceremonial funeral this weekend.

The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official Tuesday, according to the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements.

The royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for Philip, who died Friday at age 99. The palace has said members of the royal family will "undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances" during the mourning period.

The queen attended a ceremony at Windsor Castle for Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel, who has retired as the royal household's most senior official. He oversaw arrangements for the funeral of Prince Philip, also known as the duke of Edinburgh, until handing them over to his successor days before the duke's death.

The queen and Philip's daughter, Princess Anne, made a public appearance Wednesday, visiting young sailors at the Royal Yacht Squadron sailing club on the Isle of Wight off England's south coast. Prince Philip was a Royal Navy veteran and keen sailor.

His funeral will take place Saturday at Windsor Castle, with attendance limited to 30 because of coronavirus restrictions.

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Although it is a scaled-down service because of the pandemic, hundreds of servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force will take part in the funeral procession, and Philip's coffin will be borne to St. George's Chapel at the castle on a specially adapted Land Rover, which Philip designed.

Military personnel rehearsed for the event Wednesday at Army Training Centre Pirbright, near London. One of four Royal Marines buglers who will play "The Last Post" at the service said it was an "honor and privilege" to perform the role.

"It's incredibly important. We feel nervous," said Sgt. Bugler Jamie Ritchie. "We feel the pressure, but we're channeling that, and we're using that and we're going to deliver an outstanding performance."

Since Philip's death, his four children have all paid tribute to him, as have grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Another grandchild, Princess Eugenie, shared memories on Instagram of "learning how to cook, how to paint, what to read" with her "dearest Grandpa."

"I remember laughing at your jokes and asking about your spectacular life and service in the navy," wrote Eugenie, who is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, duchess of York. "I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day. I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer."

"I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great grandchildren," she wrote. "Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you."

A young girl lays flowers as a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A young girl lays flowers as a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip outside Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The King Henry VIII gates are tested to open and close at Windsor Castle guarded by armed police and casket wardens in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died Saturday April 10, aged 99, and his funeral will take place in Windsor upcoming Saturday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
The King Henry VIII gates are tested to open and close at Windsor Castle guarded by armed police and casket wardens in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II died Saturday April 10, aged 99, and his funeral will take place in Windsor upcoming Saturday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A member of the Coldstream Guards prepares his uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
A member of the Coldstream Guards prepares his uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
A worker carries a cutout of a guardsman, with a warning to remind people not to let their guard down with regards to coronavirus, as he looks for a suitable place to put it up, to coincide with non-essential shops being reopened this week, opposite Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A worker carries a cutout of a guardsman, with a warning to remind people not to let their guard down with regards to coronavirus, as he looks for a suitable place to put it up, to coincide with non-essential shops being reopened this week, opposite Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Portraits of the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh are displayed in the window of an art gallery following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99, in Windsor, England, Tuesday April 13, 2021.  The funeral for Prince Philip is scheduled for upcoming Saturday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
Portraits of the Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh are displayed in the window of an art gallery following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99, in Windsor, England, Tuesday April 13, 2021. The funeral for Prince Philip is scheduled for upcoming Saturday. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
Members of the Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
Members of the Household Cavalry, The Blues and Royals rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
A shop displays a triptych of photos of Prince Philip in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A shop displays a triptych of photos of Prince Philip in Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Tributes are laid outside Windsor Castle Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Tributes are laid outside Windsor Castle Windsor, England, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died Friday April 9 aged 99. His funeral service will take place on Saturday at Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A member of the Household Cavalry, The Life Guards preparing her uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
A member of the Household Cavalry, The Life Guards preparing her uniform before rehearsing for Britain's Prince Philip's funeral on the Drill Square at the Army Training Centre Pirbright in Woking, Surrey, England Wednesday April 14, 2021. Prince Philip's funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday following his death at the age of 99 on April 10. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
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