LONDON – Just call her Queen e-Lizabeth.
The 81-year-old British monarch launched her own video site on YouTube on Sunday, featuring old news reels and film snippets of daily royal life. Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II keeps up with new ways of communicating with people and was hoping to reach a wider, and younger, audience through the popular video-sharing Web site.
The queen will use the site to send out her 50th annual televised Christmas message.
“The queen always keeps abreast with new ways of communicating with people,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “She has always been aware of reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit. This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries.”
The royal page – which bears the scarlet lettered heading “The Royal Channel - The Official Channel of the British Monarchy” – features a picture of Buckingham Palace flanked by the queen’s Guards in their trademark tall bearskin hats and red tunics.
Palace officials said the queen’s Christmas message this year will urge people to care for the vulnerable and those excluded from society. She will also pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the armed forces.