From her Majesty’s first address over the radio airwaves in 1940, when she was just 14 years old, to her now very social, approachable, means of on-line communication. The Queen’s reign has been one of changing and developing technologies.
In 1953 television camera’s were allowed into Westminster Abbey for the first time ever, to record the Coronation.
The popularity of the young Queen and the eager public who couldn’t wait to watch Elizabeth II’s Coronation on the screen, meant that half a million extra television sets were bought in the weeks running up to the ceremony.
The Coronation was the first major event to be televised and over 20 million people in Britain (56% of the whole population) watched it live.
When her father George VI died in 1952, she continued the tradition of recording a Christmas message started by her Grandfather 20 years previously. For the first 5 years of her reign, her Christmas messages were broadcast over the radio, but in 1957 the first live address was aired on television.
In 2006 The Queen presented her Christmas message via a Podcast for the first time. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said “The Queen’s grandchildren have kept her up to date. She is aware of iPods and downloading, but, I honestly cannot say if she has one herself.”
The Queen’s team has, over the years, adapted to change and set up several social networking accounts on the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube in order to represent her majesty to her publics in modern means of communication.
The Queen’s movements and words are communicated to the nation via these sites.
- Facebook: 2010 saw the launch of her Facebook page (The British Monarchy), it was “liked” by 40,000 in the first hour of operating. The monarchies Facebook page embraces the “Timeline” structure and allows us to see all the important milestones since her reign began.
- Twitter: Her Majesty’s Twitter Page (@BritishMonarchy) is in real-time, the twitter feed regularly tweets about her movements, where she is, what events she is attending in order to keep the nation up to date.
- YouTube: Her Majesty’s YouTube channel is made up of videos and clips of the Queen and other members of the royal family; these usually receive thousands of views.
- Flickr: The Flickr account, which like the Facebook page, was launched in 2010 consists of very rare published pictures of the Queen and the Royal family.
Although the Queen does not update the sites herself (her team do) the monarchies online presence allows a much more open, informal relationship between the British Monarchy and us, the public. We are able to communicate with her majesties team, “Follow” her movements and “Like” and “Share” her on-line uploads to our hearts content.