Recent weeks have been a bittersweet stretch of time for the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth recently turned 95 but she only recently smiled in the time since her husband Prince Philip died at the age of 99. The quiet expression of happiness, the first since the duke\u2019s passing, was also during her first public appearance after her husband\u2019s funeral on April 17. She was able to reach out to the nation via two virtual conferences based in Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth\u2019s first smile comes during her first public appearance since Philip\u2019s funeral https:\/\/twitter.com\/VanityFair\/status\/1387114160480260104 Tuesday, April 27 marked Queen Elizabeth\u2019s first public appearance since she attended her husband\u2019s funeral - and it marked the first time she could offer a smile since this time of loss. Virtually, the queen consulted with Ivita Burmistre, ambassador from the Republic of Latvia. Then, she also met with Sara Affoue Amani, ambassador from the Republic of C\u00f4te d'Ivoire via video conference. RELATED: Queen Elizabeth Seen Showing Rare Emotion In Public In both cases, the queen offered the diplomats a smile in greeting. The queen herself spoke from Buckingham. She had been staying in this general location for much of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure safety for herself and the household. The queen acknowledges feeling appreciative https:\/\/twitter.com\/Telegraph\/status\/1384792355534954497 Queen Elizabeth turned 95 on April 21. Upon her milestone birthday, she shared a message online stating, \u201cI have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.\u201d The occasion falls within the traditional period of mourning the queen was expected to observe following Prince Philip\u2019s passing. Traditionally, royal duties would halt at that point, but PEOPLE reports that Queen Elizabeth resumed work just four days after the duke died. When her birthday arrived, she did not attend the traditional gun salute, but instead shared words of thanks to those that offered condolences for her loss.