Everyone in the Royal Fam Just Made a *Major* Change to Their Social Media

The British royal family is slowly getting back to their normal routines after the devasting loss of Prince Philip. On Friday, two weeks after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death announcement, members of the fam have all returned their social media profile photos back to images of themselves. Allow us to explain.

Shortly after Philip’s passing, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, immediately paid tribute on their joint social media accounts. In fact, they completely changed their Twitter page, replacing their main photo with one of Prince Philip.

In addition, on both Twitter and Instagram, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge changed their profile picture. What used to be a family photo had become the royal couple's "cypher"—aka a joint monogram of their individual cyphers—a cursive letter W intertwined with the cursive letter C underneath a crown. The letters obviously stand for William and Catherine, respectively. A similar switch was made for Prince Charles’s Clarence House accounts and Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Family accounts.

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However, as of this morning, it seems the gang has swapped these images back to actual photos. In fact, the Kensington Royal and Clarence House accounts seem to have returned to their original pics, while the Royal Family accounts have opted for a new image of Queen Elizabeth from her visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House in February 2020. This also happened to be the same image that the family shared in honor of the queen’s 95th birthday on Wednesday.

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While the family and the world are still mourning Philip’s passing, it’s nice to see them slowly getting back to business.

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