The logo of the world’s largest search engine has turned gray during the Queen’s period of national mourning.
Tributes have been pouring in from Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-reigning monarch.
The Queen is currently lying in Westminster Hall, ahead of her state funeral on Monday September 19.
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The 96-year-old monarch had recently celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, but in recent months her health had begun to deteriorate.
Tributes have been paid by brands and organizations around the world, with many news sites in the UK changing their origin to black as a mark of respect.
Google, the world’s largest search engine, has joined its own memorial, turning its logo gray.
But when will Google get back to normal? Here’s everything you need to know.
Why is Google grey?
The world’s largest search engine turned gray today in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died Thursday, September 8, surrounded by his family at Balmoral Castle.
A 10-day mourning period has been declared in the UK, with many events including the BBC Proms and the Mercury Awards postponed as a mark of respect.
Since the news broke, the search engine’s homepage logo has been gray, instead of its usual colorful design.
Below the search bar, Google has added a link that takes you to a project celebrating the Queen’s life.
It includes pictures, portraits, royal collections, Buckingham Palace and a section on King Charles III.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Twitter.
In his tweet, Pichai said: “Sending our deepest condolences to the people of the UK and around the world mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. His unwavering leadership and public service have been a constant throughout our lives. She will be missed.
Has Google gone gray before?
Google has gone gray before, the world’s largest search engine once used a gray logo to honor those who have died and in tribute to those serving in the US military.
The search platform turns gray each year on Memorial Day, a holiday in America that occurs on the last Monday in May.
Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives while serving in the United States military.
Instead of adding a black ribbon below the search bar, they add an American flag.
Google also went gray before as a memorial to a former US president.
In 2018, Google changed its logo to gray to honor George HW Bush, who died on November 30.
Bush Sr. was the 41st President of the United States, having served from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993.
Before entering politics, Bush served in the Navy as the youngest fighter pilot in World War II.
He was a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific, flying over 58 combat missions.
When will Google get back to normal?
The Google logo will return to normal after the end of the UK mourning period.
The Queen’s state funeral takes place on Monday, September 19.
Google is expected to revert to its colorful logo from Tuesday, September 20.