Oh! it is a glorious thing, I ween,
to be a regular modern queen.
With this subtle allusion to a classic British piece of world literature, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Her Royal Highness deigned to visit the Headquarters of Google UK. And what did she do there, you may well ask? Well, she … uploaded a video to YouTube, or, to be more precise, to her own Royal Channel on YouTube:
As the Guardian puts it:
with the click of gloved finger [she] uploaded footage onto her own YouTube channel, surrounded by a gaggle of its most popular users and the video website’s 31-year-old founder Chad Hurley. It was not, alas, a video of a Corgi on a skateboard or a family pratfall â€” although YouTube already contains plenty of opportunities to relive the embarrassment of It’s a Royal Knockout 21 years ago. The topical choice was archive footage of her 42-year-old self meeting Olympic athletes in 1968.
The staff at Google felt so much honoured that they created a new logo version for their UK website. It IS pretty, isn’t it? And when you click on Her Majesty’s Head, you get search results on “Queen Elisabeth II”. Awww. ;-)
And the Guardian site tells us a little more about the romance between the Queen and modern technology:
According to the Palace, the Queen was the first monarch in the world to send an email, at an Army base in 1976. And her Palace advisors have been quick to recognise the need to use the latest technology to promote the royal brand at home and abroad. It was, after all, the Coronation that led to an explosion in TV ownership.
The Queen has had her own website since 1997, while her Christmas speech has been available as a podcast since 2006. The videos on the royal YouTube channel have had 4m channel views since it launched in November 2007. Which sounds impressive, until you hear that Geriatric1927 has had more than 7m. And that footage of a laughing baby that was shown to the Monarch has been seen 63.3m times. “I think she enjoyed it, everyone enjoyed it. It’s hard to resist a laughing baby,” concluded Hurley.
I’m particularly happy about the proper use of the present perfect, by the way (“has had her own website”) – a mark of grammatical impeccability not always adhered to elsewhere.