The Queen keeps Prince Philip close to her heart in touching new tribute

The Queen looked radiant in red

The Queen smiles in red
The Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip with her brooch
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The Queen paid tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, during her second public appearance since his death last month. 


The Queen made sure to pay homage to her late husband, Prince Philip, during a royal engagement on Saturday - her second public appearance since his death.

Her Majesty travelled to Portsmouth to bid farewell to HMS Queen Elizabeth ahead of its maiden voyage, and opted for a bold red cashmere coat for the occasion, designed by Stewart Parvin.

The 95-year-old Monarch accessorised the outfit with her beloved Scarab brooch - a gift from Prince Philip back in 1996. 

This was no doubt a symbolic choice to keep her late husband close to her heart as she returns to royal duties. 

 

Prince Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh chat while watching a musical performance in the Abbey Gardens during her Golden Jubilee visit to Suffolk in this July 18, 2002

The Queen has recommenced royal duties following Prince Philip's death 

(Image credit: Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

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The stunning brooch - made up of rubies and diamonds - has been worn on several landmark occasions, including the professional portraits that were created to mark their 70th wedding anniversary. 

It's not the first time she's subtly paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, having chosen to wear their engagement brooch during a video call while he was in hospital fighting infection back in February. 

Although the Queen is no doubt still grieving over his death following their long and happy marriage, she has now returned to royal duties following a traditional eight-day period of mourning. 

Saturday's royal engagement was a big day for the Queen, who has spent the majority of the pandemic safely bubbled at Windsor Castle to avoid catching the deadly virus.

She was greeted by Captain Angus Essenhigh, Commanding Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth and Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, before stepping on board the ship to hear more about its upcoming deployment.

The team will spend 28-weeks on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, travelling from the Mediterranean to the Philippine Sea.