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Queen Elizabeth II

Much-loved feature on Google Maps retired after Queen’s death

A much-loved cheeky feature has been quietly retired from Google Maps following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Prior to her death, if one were to access the street view around Buckingham Palace, they would see a “royal” figure representing the neighbourhood the user was navigating. The figure would also appear around Windsor Castle and Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Google respectfully nicknamed the figure “PegMa’am.” Instead of the typical yellow “Pegman,” users would see a “royal” version wearing a dress and crown.

The feature was first added in 2015 to mark The Queen becoming the longest-serving monarch in British history. However, following her death on 8 September, Reddit users noticed the feature had disappeared.

It’s unknown if there will be a “PegKing” with the ascension of King Charles III. Although it could happen, banknotes and royal signatures will be some of the many changes people will need to get used to.

The late Queen isn’t the first special Peg to be featured on Google Maps. Those viewing Wimbledon, the USTA stadium, and the French Open will find a tennis player. If you’re looking at Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, you’ll notice a downhill skier.

Over in the United States, Google Maps users can find an astronaut at the NASA Shuttle Launching Facility in Florida, as well as a UFO around Area 51 in the Nevada Desert.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.