The Queen Launches Updated Monarch Website

The Queen has relaunched the royal.gov.uk website today at Buckingham Palace and invited the inventor of the world wide web's, Sir Tim Berners-Lee OM, KBE, to say a few words on the occasion.

Royal.gov.uk is essentially a portal that will provide with unseen and rare documents covering the monarchy in Britain and around the world. The site also contains the royal diary with events up to 14 days in advance, linked with Google maps and a whole directory of archived audio and video footage.

In addition, there are extensive galleries of pictures that virtually allow you to browse through the 1600 years of English Monarchy, with great details about the other Royals - the Earl of Wessex, the Princes - as well as other organisations with which the Monarchy is involved.

The branding new website was launched back in 1997 and has had its last major update back in 2001; since then, the Queen has launched a Youtube Channel called the Royal Channel, launched in 2007, and she might even be on Twitter (although that's more likely to be a fake account).

The site has been visited more than 100 million times in 1997, making it one of the most popular websites then. According to Alexa, the site is now ranked in the top 60,000 websites worldwide and in the top 6,000 in the UK (ed: that doesn't tally up with the claims that more than one million people visit the website each month).

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The site was created by Hampshire-based web consultancy Bang and brings the Monarchy on par with the rest of the world, when it comes to technology. According to BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt, the Queen is now unlikely to adopt any further form of web technology; no blogging and web chat then.

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