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Queen launches royal Flickr account

 3rd Aug 2010

The Queen has launched a Buckingham Palace Flickr account to celebrate images of the royal family through the ages.

The account on the photo sharing website, which went live 26th July 2010, includes more than 600 images of the royals, documenting recent royal engagements, weddings and christenings as well as historic photos from the royal archives.

Each member of the Royals has been given his or her own corner, with Princess Diana given a section too.

The decision to start the account was immediately praised by royal watchers as a clever way to show the Windsors are still relevant and up-to-date.

One of the most famous shots to be included is a photo taken by Roger Fenton of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their wedding day, 11 May 1854.

Victoria and Albert were known to have been 'enthusiastic' collectors of the 'new art form' of photography, said Buckingham Palace, who also said that the Flickr account will be continuously updated with photos from royal engagements and events.

“In addition to contemporary images of The Queen and members of the Royal Family at work, the Flickr account features historic photographs from the current Royal Collection exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and on loan to museums and galleries around the UK,” read the statement.