This week the Queen finally did what 500 million others have done before her, and gave the royal wave to any free time she may have previously had and joined Facebook, the most popular social network in the world.
“It’s basically the Royal Household’s way of broadening its appeal and communicating to members of the public,” an aide said. Unfortunately the general public won’t be able to interact with Her Royal Highness in the traditional ways, namely poking and chatting, as the Queen is represented by a page not a profile due to her status as a public figure.
“The Queen has approved the decision, she knows all about Facebook. [She] knows all her grandchildren use Facebook and it would be remiss of the household not to be keeping up-to-date with the web. Both William and Harry have Facebook accounts under secret names but thanks to extremely strict privacy settings users are unable to “add” either of the Princes, even if they know their respective code names.
The monarchy already has an official Twitter account, YouTube channel and Flickr account, but it has taken until now for the palace to finally join the Facebook generation. A spokesman said: “The important thing about Facebook is its international reach as the Queen is head of state in 16 countries.”
After less than a week in action the page has already received over 200,000 “likes”, although it would seem very few of these are directed towards the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, who has been the main target of abusive comments received.
“Facebook is the final frontier of the Royal Family’s foray into digital technology.”
Other influential facebook profiles:
President of the United States http://www.facebook.com/barackobama
Prime Minister of Canada http://www.facebook.com/#!/pmharper
President of Mexico http://www.facebook.com/#!/presidentefelipecalderonhinojosa
Prime Minister of India http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Dr-Manmohan-Singh/17780227654
Chancellor of Germany http://www.facebook.com/AngelaMerkel
Prime Minister of the UK http://www.facebook.com/DavidCameron
Prime Minister of Australia http://www.facebook.com/DavidCameron#!/juliagillard