How the Royal Family used social media to communicate about Queen Elizabeth II’s death4 min read

The somber moment for the Commonwealth monarch was a time for respectful social media use

Queen Elizabeth II in front of a royal crest


On the 8th of September, 2022, Buckingham Palace put out the official status announcing the death of Queen Elizabeth II. England will enter into a mourning period for 7 days right after her funeral. The processions are in order and the funeral will take place soon which will be televised by BBC. 

Needless to say, Queen Elizabeth’s era was remarkable, she was crowned in 1953, well before the Internet was a thing, and passed away in 2022, an era where you can’t even go outside without Wi-Fi signals. 

The difference in news 

It’s pretty interesting to see the “Operation London Bridge is Down” plan jump into position. Since most of the protocols were made well before the Internet existed, the original protocols’ assumptions were predicated on delivering the news in person. 

However, most of the updates on the Queen’s health were made online and the Royal Family did everything they could to keep Royal fans and Commonwealth subjects in the loop.

Most fans found out through Twitter, which was where the announcement was made to the public after the display of the notice outside Buckingham palace. 

BBC had paid a lot of money to be the first ones to announce the death of the Queen but fans knew about it through social media a mere moments before BBC televised the Queen’s death. 

Royal fans 

“Royal fans” are arguably the biggest and most vocal fanbase out there. Royal fanatics have been around for centuries, they keep up with the gossip, the fashion, the health, and everything related to the monarchs. 

They genuinely keep up with every breath taken by the Royal family. With that said, they wouldn’t have been happy if they were left out of the Queen’s health and updates.

Welcoming King Charles III

King Charles III looks solemn as a crowd looks on in the background

The throne hasn’t seen such a shift in a long time, safe to say, it will take a while for everything to fall back into place with the changing of the face on the currency and changing of gender from Queen to King in the national anthem. But we are very eager to see what King Charles III has in store and how he manages Royal protocol.

Some immediate changes to their social media

As soon as the Queen passed away, some immediate titles were put into place. William and Kate now held the titles “Prince and Princess of Wales” and changed their Instagram bio to that as well.

The title Princess of Wales has not been used since 1996 when Diana was stripped of it after her divorce with then Prince Charles.

As for King Charles and Queen consort Camilla, their Instagram account now states,

 “This account is no longer being updated. Please follow @theroyalfamily for updates on His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.

This was done because the Kind and Queen Consort’s roles will change now that Charles is king. The monarch is less able to talk with passion and partisanship about issues like organic farming and climate change — something Prince Charles was able to do rather freely.

What of the UK now following Queen Elizabeth II’s death?

The change in the occupier of the throne is a huge, generation-defining deal. This transition hasn’t been seen in seven decades since Queen Elizabeth has been the longest person on the throne.

King Charles isn’t arguably the most well-liked Royal among the fans and tabloids since he used to be always caught up in controversies.

He has now of course stayed out of most of them since he was said to be the next King and has taken his role far more seriously. So, the UK definitely is in safe hands. However, according to experts, a recession is soon to be cast over the entire country, we do hope the King is able to use some sense of leadership to steer the country through the inevitable economic issues the world is facing. Even though the day-to-day management of fiscal policy and monetary policy is the job of the Prime Minister and the Bank of England, respectively, the King still provides a symbolic role.

For example, the previous king George VI, the father of Elizabeth II, was a symbolic source of strength for the nation during The Blitz of London — even while Winston Churchill, the prime minister, was the leader responsible for the day-to-day operations of the defense of the nation.

OK, one more thing. Talking about money,  there are currently 4.5 billion bank notes with the Queen’s face on them which need to change immediately to King Charles’s face. According to experts, this very well could take about 2.5 years!

We do hope to see the new King come through and live up to His Mother’s standards. Long Live The King!


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