The Queen Shows a Huge Smile as She Returns to Duties | 22 Words

People have been worrying about the Queen since the death of her husband of over seventy years earlier this month.

But now, she's returned to her duties...

Putting on a brave face and sporting a huge smile.

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Everyone has been saying the same thing after seeing the pictures...

Now, the dreaded news broke on the morning of Friday, April 9th.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly passed away at the age of ninety-nine.

The news of Philip's death was announced in a statement by the royal family.

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"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it read.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."

Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history...

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And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign, as well as seventy-three years of marriage.

Utterly heartbreaking.

Members of the royal family began posting emotional tributes online shortly after Philip's death was announced...

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And Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.

Speaking from his Highgrove home, the future King of England said:

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"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously," he said.

"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."

Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.

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Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote: "My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."

"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," he continued.

"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."

Prince Harry also followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.

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In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:

"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next. He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince, and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."

"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."

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"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"

Philip's funeral went ahead on Saturday, April 17th, at Windsor Castle...

And although only thirty guests could attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was both a special and emotional day for the Duke's send-off.​

Queen Elizabeth had to sadly sit by herself during the service...

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And a powerful photograph has been shared thousands of times online showing Her Majesty sitting all alone in a church pew, dressed head to toe in black.

But this week, Her Majesty has returned to work.

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Just 5 days after the end of the royal mourning period.

And after putting on a big smile, she's melted the hearts of the internet...

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The Queen hosted 2 royal engagements with virtual audiences.

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A briefing of them read: "Today, Her Majesty The Queen conducted 2 virtual audiences, via video link from Windsor Castle."

"Her Excellency Mrs. Ivita Burmistre was received in audience by The Queen via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Latvia to the Court of St James's."

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"Her Excellency Mrs Sara Affoué Amani was received in audience by Her Majesty via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire to the Court of St James's."

Doesn't she looks great!

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