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Royal Family Shares Stunning Portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Says Period of Mourning ‘Has Now Ended’

The royal family made a major announcement today regarding Queen Elizabeth’s period of mourning—and it accompanied a stunning portrait of the late queen.

Early this morning, the official Instagram account of the British royals featured a lovely picture of a young Queen Elizabeth from the Royal Collection Trust. In the caption of the post, it was revealed that the official time of mourning for Her Majesty has now come to a close.

The text read, “The period of Royal Mourning following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has now ended.”

The statement went on to give details regarding what royal followers could expect from this specific IG handle in the future: “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.”

Earlier this month, the queen passed away at age 96. Upon her death, the royal family and the entirety of the United Kingdom entered a period of mourning. During this time, Her Majesty’s relatives refrained from conducting normal duties, though those will likely now resume right away.

In fact, some of the necessary work—beyond throwing vigils and planning a funeral fit for a queen—has already begun. This past weekend, King Charles was photographed going through the Red Box, which includes papers from government ministers in the United Kingdom, the Realms, representatives from the Commonwealth and more. His late mother, Queen Elizabeth, received important documents nearly daily in the box as well, dating back to her coronation in 1953.

While the queen’s legacy will live on, it will certainly be a comfort to many to see Charles, his wife Camilla and the rest of the royals transition back to their important duties, such as charity work and serving the realm.

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