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British Queen joins Facebook

posted 8 Nov 2010, 06:44 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 8 Nov 2010, 06:46 ]

The Queen joins the Facebook generation with the launch of a British Monarchy page on the popular social networking site.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM. ITN - Users of Facebook can now connect on line with Queen Elizabeth II with the launch of the British Monarchy page on the social networking site on Monday (November 8).

Millions of users are now able to log in and see royal images, videos and news.

Members of the site are not able to make "friends" with the Queen but within an hour of the site going live around 41,000 people had opted to "like" her page.

The move follows the introduction of the Monarchy's Flickr account earlier this year, it also joined Twitter in 2009 and established a Royal Channel on YouTube in 2007.

The launch of the Facebook page shows how the British Monarchy is keen to take advantage of new developments said royal commentator Robert Jobson.

"Over the years the Royal family has always tried to keep up with what's going on around it to maintain its relevance and show exactly what its message is around. I think what's happening here is that the Queen wants to make sure she's in touch with the populous. I don't think you're going to be able to interact personally with Her Majesty but the reality is there's going to be all sorts of information and announcements and videos and technology on that facebook page for people to find out what is going on in the Royal Family," said Jobson.

The royal page will also feature the Court Circular - the authoritative record of the previous day's official Royal engagements.

The practice of the Court circulating a report of the sovereign's official daily engagements to the newspapers was reportedly begun by George III in 1803.