Princess Anne steps out for first engagement since Her Majesty’s funeral

Anne’s first day back: Princess Royal meets Royal Navy personnel who took part in the Queen’s funeral procession at Portsmouth Naval Base

  • Princess Anne, 72, has met Royal Navy personnel involved in Queen’s funeral
  • She will later also visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot as royal duties restart
  • It marks the royal’s first engagement since the Queen’s funeral on Monday 

Princess Anne has stepped out for her first royal engagement since attending her mother’s funeral on Monday.

The late Queen’s only daughter, 72, was seen at Portsmouth Naval Base, where she shook hands with Royal Navy personnel who took part in the procession.

The royal, who is Commodore-in-Chief of HMNB Portsmouth, greeted those involved in the heartfelt ceremony which saw Her Majesty laid to her final resting place in Windsor.

Anne smiled as she met the personnel who took part in mother’s funeral, donning a black blazer over a white blouse, accessorised with a navy neck scarf.

Princess Anne has stepped out for her first royal engagement since attending her mother's funeral on Monday

Princess Anne has stepped out for her first royal engagement since attending her mother’s funeral on Monday

The late Queen's only daughter, 72, was seen at Portsmouth Naval Base, where she shook hands with Royal Navy personnel who took part in the procession

The late Queen’s only daughter, 72, was seen at Portsmouth Naval Base, where she shook hands with Royal Navy personnel who took part in the procession

The Princess Royal will also visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot to meet personnel who played a central role in providing logistical support during the funeral. 

It comes as a number of royal are expected to make appearances today. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales are today meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen’s committal service at Windsor Castle.

Elsewhere, the Earl of Wessex is visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion of The Rifles and Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

The royal, who is Commodore-in-Chief of HMNB Portsmouth, greeted those involved in the heartfelt ceremony which saw Her Majesty laid to her final resting place in Windsor

The royal, who is Commodore-in-Chief of HMNB Portsmouth, greeted those involved in the heartfelt ceremony which saw Her Majesty laid to her final resting place in Windsor

Anne smiled as she met the personnel who took part in mother's funeral, donning a black blazer over a white blouse, accessorised with a navy neck scarf

Anne smiled as she met the personnel who took part in mother’s funeral, donning a black blazer over a white blouse, accessorised with a navy neck scarf

The Princess Royal will also visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot to meet personnel who played a central role in providing logistical support during the funeral

The Princess Royal will also visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot to meet personnel who played a central role in providing logistical support during the funeral

Royal duties re-commenced yesterday, when Prince William made his first speech since his grandmother’s passing with an address to the Earthshot Prize summit in New York.  

The Prince of Wales, 40, was due to travel to New York for a solo trip this week to give a speech at a conference for his environmental initiative, which aims to find solutions to repair and protect the planet.

However the royal cancelled his trip after The Queen’s death earlier this month, and looked deeply emotional and appeared pensive throughout his grandmother’s funeral in London as well as her committal service in Windsor, on Monday. 

The Prince of Wales returned to work yesterday as he pre-recorded a message which was played at the conference. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales are today meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen's committal service at Windsor Castle

The Prince and Princess of Wales are today meeting volunteers and operational staff to thank them for their work on the Queen’s committal service at Windsor Castle

Royal duties re-commenced yesterday, when Prince William (pictured with Kate today) made his first speech since his grandmother's passing with an address to the Earthshot Prize summit in New York

Royal duties re-commenced yesterday, when Prince William (pictured with Kate today) made his first speech since his grandmother’s passing with an address to the Earthshot Prize summit in New York

He began by saying: ‘Although it is the saddest circumstances that I am unable to join you today, I am able to join you in video form as you gather in New York for the Earthshot Prize innovation summit.’

He went on to confirm he and Kate would travel to Boston in December for the second Earthshot Prize award ceremony, adding they are ‘so excited.’

It came as the Royal Family released two poignant photo tributes to the Queen as they begin another week of mourning after a state funeral full of emotion, ceremony and symbolism that wowed and moved the world before Charles personally laid his mother to rest during a private burial earlier this week.

Her Majesty’s long journey to her final resting place began in Balmoral on the day of her death on September 8 and ended on Monday with her private interment next to Prince Philip, with the new King scattering earth on his mother’s coffin at 7.30pm.

Prince William joined his wife Kate and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the funeral on Monday, as well as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Prince William joined his wife Kate and children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the funeral on Monday, as well as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The royals took to George's Chapel for the committal service (pictured) which followed the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey

The royals took to George’s Chapel for the committal service (pictured) which followed the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey 

And as she was laid to rest the royals released a tribute titled: ‘In loving memory of Her Majesty The Queen’ and shared a never-before seen image of the late Monarch hiking through heathlands in her beloved Scotland and a smiling picture of her with her parents, sister and husband at Buckingham Palace.

The touching post issued via the Royal Family’s social media accounts also touched on King Charles III’s first address to the nation as monarch in which he quoted the Shakespeare’s immortal play Hamlet – ‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.’

Queen Elizabeth II now lies at peace for eternity in the royal vault under St George’s Chapel with her husband, father, mother and sister. 

She is the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor and has chosen to be with her family following the ‘Us Four’ principle pursued by her father George VI. 

He told his daughter repeatedly that following the abdication of his brother, a happy and united Royal Family was the most important thing in life after the duties of a monarch. 

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