Mourning senior royals replace cheerful social media profile pictures with official crests after Queen's death

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, at Balmoral Estate in Scotland

Mourning senior royals replace cheerful social media profile pictures with official crests after Queen's death
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch in British history (Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: In a gesture of respect for the Queen, mourning members of the royal family on Friday, September 9, 2022, changed their cheerful social media profile pictures to their official coats of arms.

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, which was confirmed in a statement from Buckingham Palace. The statement by a Buckingham Palace official read, "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow." The royal family's social media profile picture was changed to the official royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom after the tragic news.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's handle, Kensington Royal, also replaced their photograph of the couple grinning at one another with their official royal coat of arms. In remembrance, Clarence House also replaced a picture of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla Parker Bowles with its crest, the Prince of Wales' feathers.

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The Queen's black-and-white portrait, which Buckingham Palace posted while announcing her death, was posted on all three Instagram pages.

The Queen died in the presence of her loved ones after physicians expressed worry for her health as the royal family hurried to Balmoral. Former Prince of Wales and now King Charles III was by his mother's side in her final moments along with other members of the family. He will speak to the grieving country soon as the globe mourns the loss of Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

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Millions of the Queen's subjects in the UK and worldwide will grieve her loss during the ten days of national mourning that will follow her death in Britain and her Commonwealth states. In addition, there will be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign, which saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, a milestone that is unlikely to be attained by another British monarch, as her son ascends to the throne. Before his mother's burial, Charles and Camilla will tour the UK to celebrate the late monarch’s rule and their ascendence on the throne. On February 6, Camilla will be crowned as Queen Consort in a historic speech to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee and 70 years as monarch.

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