Queen of YouTube

Christmas message to be broadcast on new Internet 'Royal Channel'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2007 8:24 AM CST
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves Norfolk Police headquarters, in Wymondham, England, after the opening ceremony she performed Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002. Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Look who's using YouTube. The British Royals have just joined the ranks of YouTube users with the launch of a "Royal Channel" on the video-sharing Internet site that showcases recent and historical clips of the queen and her family. On Tuesday the queen will broadcast her 50th anniversary Christmas message on the channel, which she hopes will make the talk "more personal and direct," BBC reports.

The foray into YouTube fits the queen's longstanding interest in "reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit," said a spokesman. The channel features previously unreleased films, 1917 footage of Queen Alexandra, and a newsreel of the 1923 wedding of the current queen's parents.