Royal Family’s Online Switch-Up Has a Special Meaning

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In honor of Remembrance Day (a holiday that remembers those who have lost their lives in conflict), several members of the Royal Family changed their profile photos. Prince William and Kate Middleton swapped their profile pictures on Instagram and Twitter. They switched from a photo of them together during their trip to Ireland for an intimate picture of a poppie. The couple used a photo last year of them laying a wreath made of poppies at a local memorial. 

Official Instagram account of the Royal Family also changed the profile photo to one of Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a red poppy on the lapel during her November 2004 visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. For November last year, the page used the same photo. 

Prince Charles and Camilla have replaced their profile photo with a group picture. This was posted to the page Oct. 28th, showing the royal couple along with 10 Poppy Appeal volunteers. The 10 generations of Royal British Legion are represented by the collectors.

Prince Charles shared his personal sentiments about the holiday by writing a caption that included the poppy. “The simple act of wearing a poppy is only made possible because of volunteer Poppy Appeal collectors who share a common goal — to recognise the unique contribution of the Armed Forces community,”Prince Charles, 72 years old, wrote. “Last year, for the first time in its history, the R.B.L. had to withdraw its collectors from the streets, owing to the pandemic. This year, we warmly welcome the return of Poppy Appeal collectors to our communities.” He continued, “My wife and I are immensely proud to launch the Poppy Appeal in this seminal year and we invite the nation to come together and, once again, wear a poppy in support of our Armed Forces community. After all, every poppy counts.”

The Royal Family marked the holiday by hosting a week-long series of events. All events were scheduled to finish with Remembrance Sunday on November 14. The Queen is slowly resuming her royal duties and has cancelled several events. Buckingham Palace insists the Queen will still attend Sunday’s service. “It remains The Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on 14th November,”The palace stated.