The Queen joins Facebook

Proving that one must keep abreast of the latest and greatest in social networking, Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family have joined Facebook.

According to The Guardian, Her Majesty will take up virtual residence at facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy at 8AM GMT on November 8 (Midnight PST, 3AM EST).

But forget any hopes of becoming friends with Queen Liz or giving her a friendly poke - the site will be a page, not a profile, meaning users can ''like'', but not add Her Maj.

Loyal Facebook subjects will be able to check out information about royal events and ceremonies, searchable on a UK map, and browse photographs, videos and speeches.

The Facebook page marks the latest royal incursion into cyberspace, after a Twitter account was set up in 2009 and a Royal Channel on YouTube established in 2007. Photos of royal events are also posted on an official Flickr page.

British media have wasted no time in poking fun at the royals for what they perceive as a desperate attempt to stay relevant. Speaking on the BBC's weekly Andrew Marr Show, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens said the page was little more than a publicity stunt.

''It is just a way of getting people who are on Facebook to go and find their way onto the royal website, I think. But this is what the royal family do these days. They are rather afraid that people under 50 have forgotten they exist,'' he said.

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$10 says it's not really her that updates it but that's a given I suppose.. She doesn't even touch a newspaper before its been ironed for her (serious!)

Why is this really news? I doubt the Queen will ever actually do anything with the site and her reps will do it all. It's just a way to get with the times - which they should.

Why does it matter? It doesn't give you any social status. People aren't going to "ooh and ahh" over the fact that your virtual friends with the Queen.

Dear god the shame now all the Americans will think we love the queen, drink tea and where top hats while riding down are cobbled street on horse back. Sigh lets get rid of the winsor family already.

Sylar2010 said,
Dear god the shame now all the Americans will think we love the queen, drink tea and where top hats while riding down are cobbled street on horse back. Sigh lets get rid of the winsor family already.

I don't think that, and I'm American. I actually like the British, and thought it was a shame that Obama sent back that bust of Churchill

Sylar2010 said,
Dear god the shame now all the Americans will think we love the queen, drink tea and where top hats while riding down are cobbled street on horse back. Sigh lets get rid of the winsor family already.

Only the tea and top hats part is actually true.

"British media have wasted no time in poking fun at the royals for what they perceive as a desperate attempt to stay relevant. Speaking on the BBC's weekly Andrew Marr Show, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens said the page was little more than a publicity stunt."

Peter Hitchens is an absolute disgrace to the British media, as is the Daily Mail. This is a guy that has been campaigning against wind farms and other renewable energy. Having the British Monarchy on Facebook is no more "desperate" than having McDonald's or Lady Gaga there - it is all designed to increase exposure of a brand.

''It is just a way of getting people who are on Facebook to go and find their way onto the royal website, I think. But this is what the royal family do these days. They are rather afraid that people under 50 have forgotten they exist,'' he said

forgotten they exist? apart from every time you open a news paper, or watch the news. or indeed look at a coin/note or stamp.

thenonhacker said,

Who else here thought that The Queen Band of Bohemian Rhapsody fame joined Facebook?


I did.

But wow, who cares if that old fart has joined facebook.

Navan said,

I did.

But wow, who cares if that old fart has joined facebook.

They were called "Queen" .. not "The Queen" or "The Queen Band" .. jus' sayin'

Navan said,

I did.

But wow, who cares if that old fart has joined facebook.

Compared to you, that "Old Fart" has done a lot more for her country and world, then you have for anything

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Compared to you, that "Old Fart" has done a lot more for her country and world, then you have for anything


Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure being born into a self-proclaimed royal family and then doing "a lot more for her country" is an accomplishment. I didn't know she had knights on neowin.

Navan said,

I did.

But wow, who cares if that old fart has joined facebook.

obviously you don't have any respect for anything !!, so shut the hell up , and don't speak if you don't have anything decent to say, no body cares, now go back to whatever pointless life you have !!

badsey said,

obviously you don't have any respect for anything !!, so shut the hell up , and don't speak if you don't have anything decent to say, no body cares, now go back to whatever pointless life you have !!

we have to respect everyone. not only the queen.
we are citizens. not subjects
no one can look down in contempt on you and me.

badsey said,

obviously you don't have any respect for anything !!, so shut the hell up , and don't speak if you don't have anything decent to say, no body cares, now go back to whatever pointless life you have !!


need a cookie, mr. butt-hurt?