Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99. At that time, the Royal Family entered a two-week mourning period. At the direction of the UK government, Britain also entered a period of national mourning, with flags flown at half-mast. Now, however, the official mourning period for Prince Philip has drawn to an end.
Royal Family marks end of mourning period
As the official royal mourning period ends, Queen Elizabeth has replaced her social media profile photo. The Queen had originally used a profile image of herself and Prince Philip. It revealed the royal couple enjoying a day out at the Epsom Derby in 2016. Now, her profile image is of herself alone.
Following Prince Philip’s passing, members of the Royal Family temporarily replaced their normal profile photos. They replaced them with their official coats of arms as a mark of respect. However, the official Royal Family account has now replaced the coat of arms with a close-up image of the Queen. The image was taken during a visit to the MI5 headquarters at Thames House in February 2020. That image can be seen at the top of this article. Placing this image marked the end of her official two-week mourning period for her husband.
Other members of the Royal Family update their profiles
Other senior members of the Royal Family have also updated their coats of arms with their original profile images. For instance, Kensington Royal, the handle of Prince William and Kate Middleton, has replaced their crest. Their profile image now reflects the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. In the image, the family was clapping for carers during the coronavirus pandemic from their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.
As noted by People, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have also swapped out their crest to reveal an official portrait of the pair taken to mark Wales Week in 2019.
These changes come after Queen Elizabeth was recently seen driving through Windsor. She was on her way to take her corgis for a walk as she marked her 95th birthday. The Queen was recently gifted two new corgi puppies by her son, Prince Andrew. An image was captured of her leaving Windsor Castle in a green Jaguar Estate car on Wednesday.
In her first comments since Prince Philip’s passing, the Queen thanked well-wishers from around the world for their touching tributes. She wrote that she and the Royal Family were in a period of great sadness. The Queen also noted that they were comforted by the words of praise for Philip.
The Queen’s message to people across the world who have sent tributes and messages of condolence following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/1apW7s1zXS
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2021
The Queen wrote, “My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.”