Royal website has gone dark in honor of Queen Elizabeth II

The website of the British Monarchy has gone dark following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The website notes that it’s temporarily unavailable and currently has an image paying homage to the late Queen.

A message at the bottom of the main royal’s website reads: “The official website of the Royal Family is temporarily unavailable while appropriate changes are made.”

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.
Thursday, 8 September 2022,” the website read.
Additionally, the websites of Prince of Wales and Harry and Meghan’s Archewell have also become a blacked-out landing page, with messages in memory of the Queen.

The Eiffel Tower lights, the hallmark of Paris, will be turned off tonight “in tribute to the [Q]ueen Elizabeth II,” the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said in a post on Twitter on Thursday.

As crowds gather outside Windsor Castle to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, people are commemorating her legacy and some are even remembering the times they interacted with Her Majesty

One woman told CNN it was “amazing” when she saw the Queen at an opening of a hospice a few months ago. She said the Queen waved at everyone there and gave the crowd a little smirk and said “thank you” when they told her she looked great.

“She just symbolizes everything. I’m such a big royalist. I lived in Windsor all my life so just growing up with my family loving her and kind of instilling that on us, really,” she said.

She said the Queen was “absolutely” a uniting force, adding “she is going to be missed.”

Jonathan Windsor, from Bristol said he found out about the Queen’s death through a notification on his phone while he was at a pub.

“We toasted Her Majesty on the news. I can’t emphasize how sad our country is with the terrible news,” he told CNN.
Another person, Judy Anzel from London, said her mother called her to tell her about the Queen’s passing.

“Of course this was something we were all expecting to come at some point, but it’s different when it actually happens,” Anzel said, adding “the UK has been in a tough position as of late” and because of that, the death is “going to hit it especially hard at this time.”

CNN’s Paul Murphy contributed reporting to this post.

US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden released a statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, calling her a “steadying presence and a source of comfort and pride for generations.”

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era,” President Biden says in a statement.
“Today, the thoughts and prayers of people all across the United States are with the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in their grief. We send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family, who are not only mourning their Queen, but their dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy will loom large in the pages of British history, and in the story of our world,” the Bidens wrote in the statement.

“Queen Elizabeth II was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock Alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States. She helped make our relationship special,” they said.
“We were honored that she extended her hospitality to us in June 2021 during our first overseas trip as President and First Lady, where she charmed us with her wit, moved us with her kindness, and generously shared with us her wisdom. … She helped Americans commemorate both the anniversary of the founding of Jamestown and the bicentennial of our independence. And she stood in solidarity with the United States during our darkest days after 9/11, when she poignantly reminded us that ‘Grief is the price we pay for love,'” the statement continued.

The Bidens said they first met the Queen in 1982 while the President traveled to the UK as part of a Senate delegation.

They said they “look forward to continuing a close friendship with The King and The Queen Consort.”

US Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff also offered their condolences on the Queen’s passing.

“Queen Elizabeth II lived an incredible life of service and had a profound impact on countless lives and historic events. We send our condolences to the Royal Family and join the people of the United Kingdom and all those around the world who mourn her loss,” the vice president’s and second gentleman’s Twitter accounts tweeted.

Prince William and Catherine have assumed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, according to their official Twitter account. Prince Charles and Camilla were previously known by those titles.

Following the announcement of Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday, the bio for Kate and William’s official Twitter account changed to: “The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge and the Royal Foundation, based at Kensington Palace.”
Prince William and Kate previously held the title of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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