The British Royals are entering the modern age by embracing the online publicity opportunities provided by various social networking sites.
The Royals were first to act with the video-sharing site YouTube. On December 23, 2007, the Queen unveiled the “The Royal Channel: The Official Channel of the British Monarchy.” Two days later, the channel posted its first video with the Queen’s Christmas message. Currently there are 198 videos uploaded. Included in this mix are two summary reports of the Queen’s visit to Canada, earlier this month. One of these reports shows the Queen being presented with a Blackberry after her tour of the Canadian company, Research in Motion; no word on whether the Queen carries it regularly in her purse, but insiders say she may be partial to her iPhone.
Since the unveiling of the Royal Channel, the Queen has also moved on to open a Twitter account.
This week, the Royals will be adding another networking forum to their list: Flickr. The Royals will be posting over 600 images to the site for fans of the British Monarchy to view. The images will be divided into 28 sections. They will include shots of both Prince Charles and the Queen as young children. Once posted, these images will be available for public use. That means that anyone with Internet access can copy and paste them, just like any other image you might search for on Google.
While many are excited to see what the Royals will post, Facebook is feeling a little perturbed at receiving the Royal snub. Apparently the Queen is worried about the Monarchy’s possible loss of productivity. Rumours do abound that her highness has used Prince William’s account to creep on certain unnamed celebrities.