Female Hero of the Month: Queen Elizabeth

(cc by mharrsch)A relaunch of the royal website earns Her Majesty the Queen the title of Female Hero of the month.

Queen Elizabeth will be relaunching royal.gov.uk at a Buckingham Palace reception in London today, in the company of the world wide web's inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Others set to attend the event are the Minister for Digital Engagement and a number of people from the web-based community.

The new internet site will provide detailed information about all aspects of the royal family. It features new technology, audio and video footage and extra information about members of the Monarch's family.
The site also has archival material, such as recordings of the Queen's first public speech (as Princess Elizabeth) on Oct. 13, 1940 and a digital copy of the letter Elizabeth's father King George VI sent to Winston Churchill on the eve of D-Day.

It has some other quirky features too: integrated in it are google maps so web users can see the places the royal family will visit and a news section where one can find the news on the  'royal pets' .  It will also be possible to make job applications to Buckingham Palace and book interviews with the Queen through the new site.

Although it seems the Queen really is trying to connect to the younger audiences in this way, she probably will never become a fully internet savvy royal because, as BBC reports, "there's little prospect of the Queen blogging, conducting a webchat or indeed twittering."

This is a start though, so congratulations to the royal house for bringing the site into this digital century.

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