Her Majesty,Queen Elizabeth (II) has joined the league of Facebook users.
The social networking site, currently making waves across the world has caught the fancy of Ma’am who will use the network to announce some of her official engagements.
Already, the social forum has been very popular with all her grandchildren.
However, it has been confirmed that unlike some of the younger Royals who tame the site for networking and contact of close friends and who have been caught out when their private moments were revealed online – the official page for the British Monarchy will strictly concern itself with official news and engagements.
Facebook users, who send virtual ‘pokes’ to attract each other’s attention, will be able to receive frequent updates on the Royal Family’s activities by ‘liking’ the new account.
The official page will feature images, videos, news and speeches as well as an application which enables subjects to search for Royal events in their area through the Court Circular, the official record of the Royal Family’s engagements that has been produced daily since 1803.
‘The Queen has approved the decision – she knows all about Facebook,’ says an aide.
‘Facebook is the final frontier of the Royal Family’s foray into digital technology.
‘It’s basically the Royal Household’s way of broadening its appeal and communicating to members of the public. The Queen knows all her grandchildren use Facebook and it would be remiss of the
Household not to be keeping up-to-date with the web.’
The decision to sign up to Facebook is the latest move by the Queen to tap into social media and networking sites.
Earlier this year, the Monarchy opened an account on the photo-sharing website Flickr, which to date hosts more than 1,400 pictures, including images of the Queen visiting HMS Ark Royal on Friday, Royal investitures and Queen Mary’s exquisite dolls’ house at Windsor Castle.
Last year a Royal Twitter account known as @BritishMonarchy was launched. It now has almost 70,000 followers and has posted more than 4,500 ‘tweets’.
The Household has also had a YouTube channel since October 2007.
Videos on The Royal Channel have been viewed more than eight million times since then, and it boasts 32,000 subscribers.
Other popular world leaders with famous Facebook membership are, Prime Minister David Cameron, Barack Obama and President Goodluck Jonathan who currently scores first in the league of world leader’s fecebook membership with almost 250.000 member.