Royal Family launches new changes to their website after Queen Elizabeth’s mourning period ends
The Royal Family website has been revamped following the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Following the official end of the family’s mourning period on Monday, changes have been made to royal.uk, their official website. On the homepage, King Charles III and Queen Camilla feature prominently, followed by links recalling the life of Queen Elizabeth.
In the Royal Family tab, the royal couple are followed by updated biographies for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the new Prince and Princess of Wales. Below them are Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Anne, Duke of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, all working members of the Royal Family.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who moved to California in 2020 after stepping back from their roles as working royals, are also linked in their biography.
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At the bottom is Prince Andrew, who is no longer a member of the royal family following his friendship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Queen’s son was stripped of his military titles and royal patronage in January 2022 after being accused of sexual assault by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a victim of Epstein’s former ring. Andrew was also banned from using his HRH title (“His Royal Highness”) amid his sexual assault case. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Marie Christine have been removed from the site.
The change was part of a wider digital refresh following the accession of King Charles.
On Tuesday, the profile pictures of the Royal Family’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts were changed to reflect the new Sovereign and Queen Consort. Charles, 73, immediately acceded to his mother as monarch after her “peaceful” death at 96 on September 8.
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The new image shows the couple staring straight ahead, the King’s military medals on full display. The photo was taken at the Balmoral War Memorial in Scotland in May 2020, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when Allied forces accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, the start of the end of the Second World War.
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Also on Tuesday, the Royal Family released a heartfelt statement on the official end of royal mourning, along with one of Queen Elizabeth’s official accession photos, taken in 1952.
“The period of royal mourning following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is now over,” the statement read. “This narrative will continue to reflect the work of the King, Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family, as well as remember the life and work of Queen Elizabeth.”
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Although the national mourning for the late monarch ended in the UK on September 20, his family remained in mourning for the seven days following his state funeral on September 19, a direct wish from the king. Members of the Royal Household staff, related representatives and troops with ceremonial duties also honored this period of grievances, Buckingham Palace said.