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VideoShot: The Queen & technology

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday today. Technology has come a long way since the Queen was born 90 years ago; computers, mobile phones, cloud computing and Virtual Reality are just some of the technologies invented during her lifetime. And the Queen has embraced everything from television to Twitter during her 64-year reign…

One of the first inventions the Queen welcomed was the television. Just months before her birth in April 1926, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird publically demonstrated the television, and 30 years later, in 1957 the Queen’s live Christmas broadcast was shown on television for the first time.

“That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us,” the Queen said in her speech that year.

Queen Elizabeth has been called the ‘Queen of Technology’, and her reign has indeed seen an unprecedented number of new technologies invented, but what will future monarchs see? When Prince George was born, some of the world’s biggest brands jumped on the royal bandwagon, with Samsung going so far as to create an outdoor campaign to coincide with the first birthday of the future monarch. And that’s not all, within minutes of the birth announcement, domains such as GeorgeAlexanderLouis.com and princegeorgecambridge.co.uk were registered by cybersquatters hoping to make a profit. A total of 413 individual domains were registered between 22 and 25 July, containing one or more of the words Royal, Baby, HRH, Prince, George, Alexander and or Louis, according to Names.co.uk.

So what about the next 90 years? When will we see Christmas messages in VR? And what about holographic monarchs giving tours of royal palaces? Or maybe the next 90 years of inventions are still locked away in someone’s imagination…

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Kate Hoy

Kate Hoy is Editor of IDG Connect

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