Turns out the Queen is quite social media savvy.
With the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we were eager to find out how technology is used by the Queen herself.
We don’t often imagine the Queen sitting on her mobile phone or tuning into the latest episode of Eastenders, but as it happens, she has embraced technology throughout her 70 year reign.
Not just mobile phones, but television, new technology, social media and more. Here’s everything we found.
Royally good tech.
We’ve already discovered that Queen Elizabeth II has her very own Samsung mobile phone. And while the Android users may take this as a win for them, in the Apple vs Android debate, her mobile is a little fancier than your bog standard.
It packs the highest level of security, as expected, with claims that it’s actually secured with MI6 encryption – which is like something out of a Bond movie to us.
What we didn’t know is that the Queen actually made technology history in 1935, by becoming the first monarch to have her coronation broadcasted on television, live from Westminster Abbey.
A whopping 27 million people in the UK alone tuned into this, and this figure only grows when you look at audiences around the rest of the world.
We’re all familiar with the Queen’s Christmas message, where she discusses the past year, but in 1957 she took to the TV screens again in 1957.
As technology became more advanced, she seized Christmas in 2012 as the perfect opportunity to record this Christmas message in 3D, from the Palace itself.
Email is a part of our every day lives. Whether it’s for work, social or trying to get a refund on your ASOS order. But did you ever imagine that the Queen herself sends emails? Neither did we.
Now, if you’re anything like us, you’ve spent so much time trying to create a unique username to use for an email account, and the Queen did too.
In 1976, the Queen made a second first for the monarchs, by delivering an email under the username HME2. Which of course stands for, Her Majesty Elizabeth II. We can’t help but wonder what it said…
But we’ll get down to the nitty gritty. You’re all eager to hear about how Her Majesty, the Queen, has embraced social media.
In 2014, the Queen wrote her first ever Tweet, after a wholesome trip to the London Science Museum.
She wrote, ‘It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R’.
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 24, 2014
Those of you who are Royalists, may be aware of the Royal Families Instagram page. If not, it’s regularly updated with their trips and photos of the family themselves.
It’s not quite filled with selfies that you see so often on Instagram today, but one thing that was major was the Queen posting her first ever Instagram.
Her trip to the London Science Museum must have been memorable, because in 2021, the Queen shared a photo of a letter from the London Science Museum.
She wrote, ‘Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors.’
Celebrations are in order.
We can’t wait to see how you all plan on celebrating the Jubilee, but one thing we do know is that nothing says party like a new mobile phone.
Whether you’re arranging plans, snapping photos or just feel like treating yourself in honour of the Queen, we’ve got the Jubilee deals for you. On your reigning favourite brands too. Hey, we’ll even throw in free delivery!