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Google Maps Removes Royal Edition of ‘Pegman’ Mascot from Street View After Queen’s Death

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Google Maps removes the royal edition of its ‘Pegman’ mascot – affectionately called ‘PegMa’am’ – from Street View after the Queen’s death

  • PegMa’am was founded in 2015 when Queen became Britain’s longest reigning monarch
  • In September of that year, the monarch surpassed Queen Victoria’s record
  • Since then, those using Street View near Buckingham Palace can use PegMa’am. to use
  • But after Her Majesty’s death on September 8, Google removed the figure
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Google Maps fans have noticed a sobering change was made to the app following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Her Majesty passed away peacefully in Balmoral on September 8, at the age of 96. Since then, the company has gotten rid of a special “Easter Egg” royal fans that they could enjoy when using the Street View mode.

When you switch to this mode, a small yellow human-shaped figure, known as PegMan, appears that allows users to move around the map.

For those close to Buckingham Palace, the figure would wear a crown, white frock and blue sash in a facsimile of the Queen. This special character was known as PegMa’am.

PegMa’am would also appear around other royal residences, including Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Her Majesty (pictured in London in 2011) used to be seen in Google Maps’ street view mode, in the form of a special edition PegMan, initially deployed in 2015, wearing a crown, a long white dress, and a blue sash.

PegMa'am (pictured) was the special royal edition of Google Maps mascot PegMan, released in 2015 to celebrate the royal lord becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch.  It's been quietly removed since the Queen died earlier this month

PegMa’am (pictured) was the special royal edition of Google Maps mascot PegMan, released in 2015 to celebrate the royal lord becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch. It’s been quietly removed since the Queen died earlier this month

The special character was introduced on September 9, 2015 to commemorate Queen Elizabeth becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

On that day, she overtook Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and 216 days.

Her Majesty is reported to have said she did not want any undue recognition of this milestone, for celebrating beating the record of another royal out of form.

To mark her becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Buckingham Palace has released a photo of the monarch hard at work reading government correspondence.

The photo shows her making her way through official letters in Buckingham Palace’s audience room, which is littered with framed photos of her family, including Prince Harry and the Queen Mother.

This 2015 photo of the Queen was released to mark her becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch

This 2015 photo of the Queen was released to mark her becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch

Beside her is one of her signature black, patented ‘Judy’ handbags from British manufacturer Launer, while around her neck is a triple string of perfectly matched white pearls. She also wears a pink sapphire and diamond brooch.

The photo was taken by Mary McCartney, daughter of Beatles star Paul, who famously sang that the Queen was “a pretty nice girl” in the song Her Majesty, released 45 years ago on the famous Abbey Road album.

According to royal sources, the official portrait was an idea of ​​the 46-year-old.

“Growing up during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, it was a thrill to meet her and a very great privilege to have her photograph taken on this historic occasion,” McCartney said.

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