Google Maps is hiding a royal Easter Egg over Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace gets a secret feature on Google Maps (Getty Images)

Google is known for quietly adding special features and hidden items into some of its online services.

And the tech giant has a royal Easter Egg hiding inside Google Maps – something you only notice when you’re looking at Buckingham Palace.

If you swap to Satellite View and zoom in on the London landmark, you’ll notice a change happen to the famous orange stick man – known as ‘Pegman’.

Pegman is used to transition to Street View – you can grab him and drag him over a street to drop down into it. Well, if you’re looking at Buckingham Palace then Pegman is replaced with a cartoon version of the Queen.

The tiny change was shared (where else) on Reddit, when a user lrcomedx noticed it while browsing. It’s actually been in place since 2015, when Google introduced it to mark Queen Elizabeth becoming the UK’s longest-serving monarch.

But, as is the way, these things bubble back up to the surface of the internet from time to time.

‘If you try to use Google street view just above Buckingham Palace the character will look like the Queen,’ Ircomedx posted.

Google added this in 2015 to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking rule (Google)

In fact, the change hasn’t just been added for Buckingham Palace. The Queen also appears if you hover over Balmoral or Windsor Castle.

And, Scottish users don’t need to feel left out either. If you hover over Loch Ness, you’ll notice Pegman turns into a local celebrity.

Have you noticed any other Google Maps Easter Eggs? Let us know in the comments section below.





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