Queen to re-launch Royal website

February 1st, 2009 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Feb 01 (ANI): At 82, when many of her contemporaries are turning their backs on technology, the Queen is determined to make her website more user friendly and relevant to modern-day society.

With the help of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, the Queen is re-launching her website, according to reports.

The website, first launched 12 years ago, will be significantly improved and expanded on February 12 when the Queen will link up with Google, the world’’s most popular search engine, to bring in a wave of new technological advances.

Senior royal sources say that the Queen has been “hands on” over the redesign and her husband Prince Philip, who is 87, has been equally interested in the re-launch because he embraced computers and the Internet well before his wife.

“The new website is going to look significantly different. We have completely rebuilt the site for a new media environment in the 21st century, the Telegraph quoted one senior royal source, as saying.

“We are putting up archive material that has never been seen before. The site has a new navigation system and there is a lot more video and more integration with YouTube, the source added.

The new home page is cleaner and fresher, with the first service available to users being a gallery of photographs from the Queen’’s early life.

There are also links to separate websites for the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Queen decided her new channel would enable her to be “more personal and more direct” in her worldwide dealings with the public.

One senior royal source said: “In recent years, the Queen has become increasingly familiar with new technology and she has embraced the merits of the Internet. Her children and grandchildren have kept her abreast of various new advances.

“The Duke of York, in particular, is extremely web savvy and he was the first member of the Royal family who insisted on all his staff having Blackberrys. He has kept his mother very up-to-speed on new technology.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is British, is flying over from his home in America for the website re-launch. (ANI)

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