The royals reversed a change made on their Instagram and Twitter accounts that reflected the official mourning period

By Stephanie Petit
April 23, 2021 11:54 AM
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Two weeks after the death of Prince Philip, the royal family's official period of mourning has come to an end.

When Queen Elizabeth's husband died on April 9 at the age of 99, the royals began a two-week mourning period. At the direction of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the U.K. also entered a period of national mourning where flags would be flown at half-mast and certain political activities would pause until after Philip's funeral on April 17.

The royal family honored Prince Philip on their social media pages by swapping out their cheerful profile photos with their monograms or symbols. On Friday, they returned to their usual pictures to mark the end of the mourning period.

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Philip's grandson Prince William and granddaughter-in-law Kate Middleton swapped out the smiling photo with their three children from last year, when they all participated in the "Clap for Carers" campaign near the start of the coronavirus pandemic outside their Amner Hall country home. In its place was William and Kate's joint monogram. They also changed their cover photo on Twitter to a black-and-white photo of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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The RoyalFamily accounts, which gives updates on Queen Elizabeth and other members of family, had changed their profile photos to the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who are marking their 16th wedding anniversary on the day of Philip's death, also switched out their profile pictures. They replaced a smiling shot of the couple, which was released to mark Wales Week 2019, with the Prince of Wales's feathers.

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The royal family's official website, www.royal.uk, was also taken down and replaced with a tribute to Prince Philip against a black background. The website has now been restored.

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During the mourning period, which included Prince Philip's funeral at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle last weekend, the royals took part in limited engagements.

Queen Elizabeth, who turned 95 on Wednesday, hosted a retirement ceremony just four days after Philip's death at Windsor Castle in honor of Earl Peel who stepped down as Lord Chamberlain a week before Prince Philip died, according to the Court Circular

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Kate Middleton, 39, and Prince William, 38, stepped out for a surprise outing on Wednesday with a special tie to Prince Philip. They visited 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Air Training Corps in East London to hear more about how the Air Cadets support young people to develop vital life skills. Prince Philip served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years until 2015, when he passed the military patronage on to Kate, who became Honorary Air Commandant.