Queen keen to restart her royal duties following the death of Prince Philip

The Queen has no plans to slow down, and is instead she is looking forward to restarting her royal duties following the death of Prince Philip, according to a Buckingham Palace source

Like the rest of the country, Her Majesty had already been forced into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, and the death of her husband earlier this year had left some wondering whether we would ever see her resume her public duties.

But according to the palace source, the Queen, 95, who has always set great store in carrying out her royal duties, has a "strong desire" to boost her workload as the country continues its slow return to normal.

The source told the Daily Telegraph: “There is a strong desire from Her Majesty to get back out and about.”

Even during the pandemic, when the monarch’s movements were restricted, the Queen remained active. She continued to attend a number of engagements via video link, and she made an in-person appearance to knight fundraising hero Captain Tom before he died.

It remains to be seen whether the Queen will ever carry out her engagements at the rate that the country has been used to over many decades, with at least one royal watcher stating that she will “fade away gracefully” and Prince Charles poised to take on more of his mother's roles.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the New York Times: “Fundamentally, the Queen will fade away gracefully.

“Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long.”

But Her Majesty has already carried out a public engagement since Philip’s death, visiting Portsmouth to send off the Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Future events for the monarch include a meeting with United States president Joe Biden when he visits the UK for the G7 summit, and a week’s visit to Scotland, as well as attending Trooping the Colour, her annual birthday parade, on June 12.

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Throughout her reign, the Queen has considered public engagements to be one of the most important roles played by the monarch.

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