London: After embracing video-sharing
website YouTube and micro-bloggin site Twitter, Britain`s
Queen Elizabeth II has now launched a Flickr account, sharing
over 600 photographs of the Royal family.
The photo-sharing account, launched today, contained some
of rarely published images of the 84-year-old Queen, the Duke
of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall,
Prince William, Prince Harry and other members of the Royal
family dating back to centuries.
Photographs from the Royal archive masterpieces of early
British photography collected by Queen Victoria and Prince
Albert in the second half of the 19th century will also appear
on the site, the Telegraph reported.
The monarchy`s new Flickr account is a collaboration
between Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St James`s
In all, there are 28 different sets of photographs and
the themes include the Queen and the Commonwealth, Royal
Events and Ceremonies, and Latest News and Diary.
Images of two generations of royal children, taken by
photographer Marcus Adams from 1926 to 1956, will be on the
new site and will include photographs of the Queen and the
Prince of Wales as babies.
The Queen is said to be "very enthusiastic" about the new
technology initiatives and has personally approved the release
of archive photographs featuring momentous and touching
moments in royal history.
In 2007, 50 years after her first televised Christmas
broadcast, the Queen launched a royal channel on YouTube, the
global video-sharing website.
Last year she approved the setting up of the monarchy`s
first account on Twitter, which claims to be "without a doubt
the best way to share and discover what is happening right
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The (Flickr)
launch is timed to coincide with the Summer Opening of
Buckingham Palace, as the site highlights photographs
specially commissioned for the Palace`s exhibition, The
Queen`s Year, which opens on July 27."