Queen Elizabeth II passed on Thursday, September 8, 2022, and Google mourned her with a greyed out homepage redesign. The American company joined others worldwide to pay their respects to the 96-year-old monarch.
In place of its usual multicoloured logo, users were greeted with it an all-grey Google page. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said, on behalf of Google:
“Sending our deepest condolences to the people of the UK and around the world mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Her steadfast leadership and public service have been a constant through many of our lifetimes. She will be missed.”
However, respect for Queen Elizabeth II has quickly become a tricky subject for Americans. For example: after news broke that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half staff, she faced criticism online.
While some of the takes were not in favour of Pelosi’s decision, there were others who praised the gesture.
Google’s tribute has been effected across devices and platforms such as the company’s Discover feed. It is possible that Google is working on a more befitting tribute in terms of a Doodle.
Following the queen’s passing, her son Charles III acceded to the throne. Before she was pronounced dead, Buckingham Palace had released a statement earlier that her medical team were concerned about her health.
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