Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Queen sends first official email

The Queen has sent an email to Commonwealth children around the world in response to blogs that they posted about their daily lives. The royal emails were signed Elizabeth R, which is exactly how the first Queen Elizabeth signed letters in those days, with a stylish interlacing flourish of the quill.

Our own Queen has long embraced communications technology. The interest runs in her veins, for Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated to Queen Victoria long-distance telephone calls to London from Osborne House in 1878. Eighty years later, the Queen made the first automated direct telephone call from Bristol to the Lord Provost of Glasgow. Now there is a Royal Channel on YouTube, and the Christmas message, first televised in 1957, is also a podcast. So it should come as no surprise that the Queen has turned email into E II R mail.

Sir Bufton Tufton
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