Queen Elizabeth II – 21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022
It is with great sadness that we mourn Her Majesty The Queen’s passing along with the nation.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) was born in April 1926 in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of the Duke & Duchess of York, later joined by her sister Margaret in 1930.
During her 70 years of service, she has celebrated her Silver, Golden, Diamond & most recently Platinum Jubilees. Whilst commemorating this monumental occasion in 2022, a hologram of Elizabeth II at her coronation in 1953 was displayed in the back window of the renowned Gold State Coach. A fitting tribute & throwback to where it all began. Not only was the Platinum Jubilee a special event for what it stands for in celebrating the hard work Her Majesty has undertaken, but also the incredible use of technology that has come on in leaps & bounds throughout her 70 year reign.
Throughout her life, Her Majesty has embraced technology as it has evolved. Though like most Grandmothers, she did require the occasional help from her family!
Here are some of our favourite uses of technology that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has used:
- Radio: During the war before she took the throne, Elizabeth & her younger sister Margaret made their first public speech via radio. They were broadcasting to spread a message of hope for children during that trying time
- Television: When Her Majesty was coronated in 1953, it was considered a monumental TV event. It was the first televised coronation & had over 20 million people watching. Did you know that it was not only just filmed in colour, but also experimental 3D technology?
Every year she has also graced our television screens on Christmas Day to give one of her often topical speeches. I think we speak for many when we say that it will be a strange Christmas this year without her.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic Queen Elizabeth II was a great comfort to many. On 5 April 2020, in a televised broadcast she asked people to “take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.” This broadcast was again watched by an incredible estimated 24 million viewers in the UK
- Email: On March 26th 1976 whilst visiting the Ministry of Defence’s scientific research hub , Queen Elizabeth II was the first monarch to send an email. This was as part of the early development of ARPANET, the predecessor to today’s global internet
- Twitter: Queen Elizabeth posted her very first tweet in 2014. It was posted on the official Royal Family account & simply read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”
- Instagram: In 2019 Her Majesty made her first first Instagram post. It was referencing a letter from the Royal Archives written to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert in 1843. The image posted displayed a copy of said letter in all of its cursive beauty
- iPod: After an image inside of Balmoral was posted, depicting the Queen & a shiny, silver iPod in a dock behind her, the nation couldn’t help but wonder ‘What music does Her Majesty listen to?!’. Ingrid Seward, the author of Queen Elizabeth’s book ‘My Husband & I’, answered our question & told Vogue: “The Queen is a big fan of musicals, traditional hymns, and Scottish ballads, and even the Beach Boys’ songs, especially ‘California Girls.’
Queen Elizabeth jamming out to “California Girls”? What a great visual!
Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning Monarch, was a woman of remarkable dedication. She carried out all of her duties with diligence & grace.
We at Gambit Nash extend our deepest sympathies to The Royal Family during this devastating time.
A duty well done Ma’am – we hope you are finally reunited & at peace with your beloved family.