It’s been 96 years of innovation (Picture: Getty Images/PA)
From 3D speeches and Paddington Bear sketches to her first tweet and passion for photography, here’s a look back at Elizabeth II’s love of technology over her 70-year reign.
Whether it was innovative air travel like with Concorde in 1977, or the latest way to communicate via a thing called an email, or even a video call and a tweet, Queen Elizabeth always occupied a front row seat when it comes to the history of tech innovation.
She saw extraordinary change in tech throughout her reign, so here’s a look at the Queen Elizabeth’s biggest tech moments throughout the years.
Her first public broadcasts,1940
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret making a broadcast to the children during World War II (Picture: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
Back in October 1940, at the height of the Blitz, the then 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth delivered her first morale-boosting speech from Windsor. It was broadcast on the radio during BBC’s Children’s Hour radio, to reassure children being evacuated from London, who would be ‘separated from loved ones’.
Following that, her decision to televise her coronation in 1953, against the strong advice of Churchill, was a major TV event, and one that also triggered a rush purchase of TV sets (and rentals) across Britain.
By 1957, the Queen delivers the first televised annual Christmas address in black and white, making history in the process. ‘I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct’, she said of this broadcast landmark.
The first long-distance call in the UK,1958
A good line (Picture: Getty Images)
According to the Telephone museum, Queen Elizabeth II made the first ever direct-dial long-distance call made in the UK.
Otherwise known as a subscriber trunk call, it was made from the Central Telephone Exchange in Bristol, to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 300 miles away, and marked a major milestone in telecommunications history. ‘This is the Queen speaking from Bristol. Good afternoon, my Lord Provost,’ she said.
Her cameras, from 1960
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Queen Elizabeth’s love for photography was clear throughout her life (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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