The Queen, God bless her, is not hip. Dignified, yes; Regal, obviously, but hip? No. Still, that hasn’t stopped Buckingham Palace and the government rolling Queenie out of her cryogenic freezer on occasion to demonstrate the latest and greatest in modern technology. Today is the anniversary of her royal digits tapping out their first email — way back in 1976 — so we thought we’d take a look at some of her other technological ventures.
Way back in 1976, when the internet was still a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee’s eye, Queen Lizzie sent her very first email. It was part of a technology demonstration at a Royal Signals establishment in Malvern, and was sent over ARPANET, the precursor to the modern internet.
Here we see the Queen firing the first bullet from a production SA80 assault rifle. It’s the perfect accessory to complement the pearl earrings and hideous tartan jacket.
3DTVs were/are perhaps the biggest thing in technology that never took off, but that didn’t stop HRH donning a pair for her Christmas broadcast in 3D last year. Never has the Christmas broadcast been quite so vivid.
Although the Queen herself doesn’t partake of the fruit of the great Zuckerbeast loins — she has a social media team to do that — there is an active British Monarchy presence on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, serving as an outlet for all your royal-stalking needs and desperate marriage pleas for Prince Harry. And yeah, sorry G+, but no royal seal of approval just yet.
So Queenie might have given Samsung the royal seal of approval, but there’s still an Apple fanboy lingering inside our ruler. Back in 2005, the Queen acquired a 6GB iPod mini (in silver, of course — the Queen doesn’t do garish pink). According to ‘palace insiders’:
“The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is. Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I’m sure one of the courtiers will do it for her. Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he’s a real dab hand with gadgets.”
I’m still trying to work out if the last sentence is sarcasm or not.
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