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Following a recommended break from in-person engagements, the Queen has begun carrying out face-to-face duties once again. Fittingly, considering how much her health has been on the nation’s mind at the moment, among her first duties has been knighting her personal physician, Professor Sir Huw Thomas.

The investiture ceremony took place at Windsor Castle, as recorded in the Court Circular (the Royal Family’s official record of past engagements) with Lady Thomas – Sir Huw Thomas’s wife – reportedly also in attendance.

A long-serving member of the Royal Household, Sir Thomas was appointed as its Physician in 2005, before becoming Head of the Medical Household (the medical section of the Royal Household) and Physician to the Queen in 2014.

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During his many years of dutiful service, Professor Thomas has played a role at a number of significant milestones for the Royal Family. The Express reports that he was part of the staff supporting the Duchess of Cambridge when she gave birth to Prince Louis in 2018, and was also the doctor who certified Prince Philip’s cause of death back in April this year.

He was previously appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2021 New Year Honours, but an in-person investiture didn’t take place at the time. This week is perhaps an even more pertinent moment for him to receive the honour, however, as he’s thought to have been among those who advised the Queen to undertake a period of rest last month, when she had an overnight stay in hospital for tests.