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Royal websites were ready for Queen Elizabeth’s death

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Two men at Buckingham Palace in England hold a message announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Two men at Buckingham Palace in England hold a message announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth, monarch of the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth realms, which includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, large swaths of the internet have become a tribute field.

Nude and black are the style of the day, at least for the multi-million dollar set Lander owner apparatus that is the British monarchy. Queen of the United Kingdom and many other sovereign nations for seven decades, Elizabeth died at the ripe old age of 96 at Balmoral Castle after being placed under medical supervision earlier on Thursday, according to Buckingham Palace officials who wrote about the Queen’s health in Le Matin.

BBC broadcasters wore black before the news broke, hinting at bad news. Of course, the official Twitter, instagram, Facebook and others all tuned in to the news as soon as it became official. But as soon as the monarchy made the official announcement, virtually every website affiliated with the royal family went into mourning mode.

The main royal site displays a black page simply stating “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.

What appears when you try to log in to the main royal website.  Other sites affiliated with the British Monarchy are also linked to the Great Black Page.

What appears when you try to log in to the main royal website. Other sites affiliated with the British Monarchy are also linked to the Great Black Page.
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The website instead shares a black page, saying they are indeed down as they make ‘appropriate changes’, likely related to remembering Elizabeth while raising the then prince, today King Charles III.

Other websites are also down. The Royal Collection online store is also down. try to enter the Royal Collection Trust website also displays a black screen with a photo of their decades-old monarch. The official website of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall is the same down.

The only exception to this, as of the date of the report, is the official site for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle. The site does not yet mention their grandmother’s death and appears to have been outside of official preparations for Queen Elizabeth’s death. The Duke of Sussex page run by the UK Prince of Wales site is presented in mourning.

How did the monarchy prepare for Queen Elizabeth’s death?

It’s not just strong lines of communication from the British royal family. It was all part of the plan, according to a detailed report by The Guardian. After the high royal passed and after the prime minister was contacted (in this case, the only Liz Truss who was just instituted), the public probably wasn’t made aware for some time until which finally, a footman in mourning clothes pins a notice bordered in black. at the door. The BBC will have activated its radio alert transmission system. RATS also happens to be called the “royal alarm about to snuff it out”. The Guardian report specifically mentions that the website will transform into the version of the Black Death Mask we can see now.

The preparations adopted for George VI, the last United Kingdom to die, were called “Hyde Park Corner”. The code name for Elizabeth II’s death was called “London Bridge”.

Protocol has been so well established that you can tell immediately where BBC radio played its part in the process of announcing the Queen’s death.

The royal family hasn’t exactly been on top of the latest technological developments, at least on the public side. Instead of coming in her own car to celebrate her 70th anniversary in June, Elizabeth instead pasted a music video from a 1953 film in its place. Prince Charles has spoken about the need for cleaner cars and ethically sourced fuel while promoting his Aston Martin which works with excess wine and whey from cheese.

So this feeling of trying to combine the rigidity of British aristocracy with modern technology often feels anachronistic at the best of times. The tweets were quick to disappear as well. Charles, whose head hasn’t even had a chance to stretch the brim of the royal crown, released a statement via the Royal Family’s Twitter.

But even still, news of the queens’ disappearance traveled incredibly fast. Wikipedia pages for the past queen and new King were updated within an hour of the official announcement from the monarchy. Baristas behind the bar at a Starbucks on the side of the highway in the middle of Long Island spoke about the news even as this article was being typed.

But with all of this planned well in advance, and with days of mourning and funerals already happened, we can expect this “London Bridge” internet graveyard to be there for many days.

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