Heartbreaking reason for Queen's social media update

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·2-min read

The Queen and her team have made a heartbreaking update to the Monarch's social media accounts, after the death of her 'beloved' husband Prince Philip.

During the end of the two-week period of mourning for the royal family following the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, the 95-year-old's offical Instagram account, 'The Royal Family', has changed its profile photo.

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The Queen's profile has been updated after Philip's death. Photo: Getty

Previously, the profile picture was one of the Queen and Prince Philip, but now the image is one of just Her Majesty by herself.

Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had also changed their pictures after Philip's passing to black and white images, and now have also returned them back to family photos.

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The Queen's new photo was taken back in February 2020 during a visit to the MI5 headquarters at Thames House.

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The Queen's new photo was taken in Feb 2020. Photo: Instagram/theroyalfamily
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Previously Philip was also in the photo. Photo: Instagram/theroyalfamily

The Queen took part in her first offical engagement since the funeral of Prince Philip this week, as she makes a return to royal work.

The funeral took place on April 17 with the period of royal mourning ending on 22 April.

The Queen did hold a private ceremony for a departing senior household member in that time, but on Tuesday, she carried out two audiences at Buckingham Palace, appearing via video link from Windsor Castle, where she is still living.

Her family members have also been making a return to work, with Prince William and Kate visiting air cadets in East Ham last week, while Princess Anne went to three hospitals in Gloucestershire, near her main home, to thank people for their work during the pandemic.

The Queen had to mark her birthday while in royal mourning this year, though the period came to an end just before her great-grandson Prince Louis's third birthday.

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