The monarch and the rest of the Royal Family put all engagements and duties on pause following the death of Prince Philip. Stoic as ever, they are now back to work. During the royal mourning period, which ended on April 22, members of the family were allowed to continue “to undertake engagements appropriate to the circumstances,” a royal official said.
The Queen, 95, was one of the first to return, conducting virtual audiences with ambassadors from Latvia and Cote d’Ivoire on April 27.
It was also the first time the Queen had been photographed carrying out an official engagement since her beloved consort’s death.
On Wednesday, she went full throttle, hosting a Privy Council meeting, a call with the Prime Minister and conducting video calls with two newly-appointed bishops.
Working virtually from Windsor castle, the Queen began by having her regular audience with Mr Johnson.
The monarch then received the oath of allegiance via video call from the Bishop of Chester and Bishop of Chelmsford.
The act of newly-appointed bishops paying “homage” to the Sovereign dates back to Elizabeth I’s reign.
The Queen also held a Privy Council, again through a video call, with ministers including Lord President of the Council Jacob Rees-Mogg, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
As head of the Privy Council, the Queen is advised by the legislative body as she carries out her duties as head of state.
“In fact, she will be grateful for him to be taking over in making I imagine quite big decisions on behalf of the Royal Family.”