The Royal Family’s social media accounts have marked the end of the mourning period and a new era following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Accounts for the Royal Family and the Prince and Princess of Wales, which had displayed the royal crest as their profile pictures following the Queen’s passing, have now been changed to show pictures of the reigning monarch King Charles with Queen Consort Camilla, and Kate and William.
Following Her late Majesty’s death on 8 September, the nation and the Royal Family entered a period of mourning until her state funeral on Monday 19 September.
While life went back to normal for most people following the funeral, which was attended by around 2,000 people at Westminster Abbey, the Royal Family maintained its period of mourning for a further seven days after the late monarch was laid to rest at King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor.
The Royal Family’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts, which had featured a profile picture of the royal crest for the last two weeks, have changed their main image to the King and Queen Consort
Following the Queen’s death and to mark the period of mourning, the Royal Family’s Instagram account, as well as the accounts of other senior royals, changed its profile picture to the royal crest
However the Royal Family’s Instagram account has announced the official period of mourning has come to an end this morning, and has signalled a change in the content it will now produce.
The account said: ‘The period of Royal Mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has now ended.
‘The Royal Family account will continue to reflect the work of The King, The Queen Consort and other members of The Royal Family, as well as remembering the life and work of Queen Elizabeth.’
Meanwhile the Instagram account for the Prince and Princess of Wales, who are expected to make their first visit to the nation today since inheriting their new titles, changed its profile picture back to a photo of Kate and William on a trip to Ireland.
The pair are pictured laughing with their arms around each other while standing on a beautiful clifftop with a view of the sea in the background.
The symbolic changes come as the Royal Family embarks on a new era as King Charles III becomes the monarch, and will carry out his royal duties alongside Queen Consort Camilla.
The flags on royal residences returned to full-mast at 8am today, while the Prince and Princess of Wales prepared to visit the home nation for the first time since taking up their titles.
The social media accounts of senior members of the Royal Family have played a big part in showing how the royals are paying respect to Her late Majesty.
The Royal Family’s official Instagram account posted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as it announced the end of the period of mourning (pictured: The Queen wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara after she ascended the throne in 1952)
The official Instagram account said it would now mark the work of the King and Queen Consort (pictured at the Queen’s funeral on 19 September)
Following the news of the Queen’s passing, the, the Royal Family’s Instagram account changed its social media profile image to the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.
Kensington Royal, the handle of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also changed its image – which had shown the couple beaming at one another to their official royal coat of arms.
Clarence House also adopted its crest, the Prince of Wales’s feathers, to pay their respects, replacing an image of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles smiling in an official portrait released to mark Wales Week 2019.
All three Instagram accounts shared the black and white image of the Queen released by the Palace on the day of her death.
Senior royals also used their Instagram accounts to post public statements and tributes to Her late Majesty.
The Prince of Wales used his official Instagram account to pay tribute to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, following her death (pictured at Windsor Guildhall on a visit last week)
On the Prince and Princess of Wales’s official account, which changed its name from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to reflect their new titles, the Queen’s grandson wrote:
‘On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
‘I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful. I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade.
‘My wife has had twenty years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
‘She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life.
‘I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.’
He went on to thank his beloved grandmother, who looked after him following the death of his mother Princess Diana, for her love and kindness, and service to the nation during her 70-year reign.
Despite a sign of new beginnings within The Firm and for the country, Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy will live on through her son King Charles’s reign.
During his address to the nation the day after his mother passed away, the King said he would hold her memory dear.
He said: ‘Queen Elizabeth’s was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept, and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today.’