Forget Queen the rockers or Queen Latifa or even another real monarch Queen Rania. The Queen of all Queens is now on Facebook. I am simply chuffed by this development. The Queen of England is on Facebook.
The page has a slight history of the Monarch, Royal news, photographs, videos and speeches from the Royal Family, along with several daily updates about the activities of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Facebook created a special new application for the Queen’s official page.
The “Near Me” application will enable users to find out about Royal events and visits in their area, searchable on a map of the country.
One can’t poke The British Monarchy or ask The Queen to tend your Farmville needs. Conservative Facebook “likes” and “fans” are the limited responses when dealing with the Queen.
Facebook users who “like” the page will receive updates about the Royal Family through their news feed.
But Facebook users can post comments on the page and send the Royal Family messages by writing on the Queen’s Facebook “wall”.
A royal aide, said:
“Facebook is probably the last bastion of social media the Royal Household had not yet entered, and the Queen is keen to be fully signed up to the 21st century. All plans for the Facebook page have been sent to the top, and the Queen has very much taken the lead on this.”
A spokesman for Facebook, said:
“We’re delighted to welcome the British Monarchy to Facebook. People can now have a direct connection with the Royal Family through their page to see a unique glimpse into palace life.”
The Queen has a Flickr account making more than 600 photographs of the Royal Family at work and play available to the public for the first time. There is also a royal Twitter account Royal Channel went live on YouTube in 2007.
The Queen also “podcast” her first Christmas Day message in 2006, and launched a website for herself and other members of the Royal Family in 1997.
At 84, the Queen, encouraged by her grandchildren, is said to be “very enthusiastic” about keeping up to date with technology. She uses a mobile phone, has her own private email address and “surfs” the web.
She has continually moved with the times and in 1953, marked her coronation by allowing television cameras into Westminster Abbey for the first time for a state occasion.
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