Princess Anne resumes duties just days after Queen's death, thanks sailors for their role in the funeral

The 72-year-old Princess Royal was seen at Portsmouth Naval Base, where she thanked Royal Navy personnel for their role in her mother's funeral

Princess Anne resumes duties just days after Queen's death, thanks sailors for their role in the funeral
Princess Anne meets Royal Navy personnel at Portsmouth Naval Base on September 22, 2022, in Portsmouth, UK (Andrew Matthews/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: Princess Anne undertook her first royal engagement since bidding the Queen a final goodbye at her state funeral on Monday, September 19.

The 72-year-old Princess Royal, Her late Majesty's only daughter, was seen at Portsmouth Naval Base, where she met with Royal Navy personnel and thanked them for taking part in Queen Elizabeth II's funeral procession. Anne, who is also Commodore-in-Chief of HMNB Portsmouth, greeted those who were part of the emotional ceremony that saw Britain's longest-serving monarch laid to her final resting place in Windsor.

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Princess Anne was all smiles when she shook hands with the personnel who were involved with her mother's funeral. She wore a black blazer over a white blouse, accessorized with a navy neck scarf for the occasion.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, meets Royal Navy personnel as she visits Portsmouth Naval Base to meet and thank members of the armed forces involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, meets Royal Navy personnel as she visits Portsmouth Naval Base to meet and thank members of the armed forces involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Matthews-Pool/Getty Images)

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The Princess Royal was also scheduled to visit St Omer Barracks in Aldershot to meet the personnel who played an instrumental role in logistics for the funeral.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal, as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, meets Royal Navy personnel as she visits Portsmouth Naval Base to meet and thank members of the armed forces involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, meets Royal Navy personnel as she visits Portsmouth Naval Base to meet and thank members of the armed forces involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Matthews-Pool/Getty Images)

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It's worth noting that a number of senior royals have resumed engagements. Kate and William, Prince and Princess of Wales, met with volunteers and operational staff to extend gratitude for their work on the Queen's committal service at Windsor Castle.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Windsor Guildhall to thank volunteers and operational staff involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022 in Windsor, United Kingdom.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Catherine, Princess of Wales visit the Windsor Guildhall to thank volunteers and operational staff involved in her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on September 22, 2022, in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, the Earl of Wessex is visiting Estonia and Germany in his role as Royal Colonel of the 2nd Battalion of The Rifles and Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry. Royal duties recommenced on Wednesday, September 21, after William made his first speech since his grandmother's death -- an address to the Earthshot Prize summit in New York.

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(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 5, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne today with a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations on June 5, 2012, in London, England. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The 40-year-old Prince of Wales was due to travel to New York to give a speech at the event but canceled his trip following the Queen's death earlier this month. However, he returned to work on Wednesday as he pre-recorded a video message that was played at the environmental action conference

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"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," William said in the address. Nonetheless, he confirmed that he and Kate would travel to Boston in December for the second Earthshot Prize award ceremony.

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This comes as the royal family begins another week of mourning after a state funeral brimming with emotion, tradition, and symbolism that moved the world to tears. King Charles personally laid his mother to rest during a private burial earlier this week.

King Charles III, salutes as the bearer party carry the coffin of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, into Westminster Hall, London, where it will lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday, on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III, salutes as the bearer party carries the coffin of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, into Westminster Hall, London, where it lay in state ahead of her funeral on Monday, September 14, 2022, in London, England. (Photo Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The late sovereign's final journey began on the day of her death on September 8 and ended on Monday as she was laid to rest next to Prince Philip, with the new King scattering earth on his mother's coffin at 7.30 pm local time. Queen Elizabeth II, who served her people for a flawless 70 years, now lies at peace in the royal vault under St George's Chapel with her husband, father, mother, and sister for eternity.

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