Queen Elizabeth II gets an iPad 2

Mon, May 9, 2011


It certainly was an Apple filled Mother’s Day for Queen Elizabeth II. The royal matriarch had her staff get her an iPad 2 after she got a glimpse of Apple’s tablet from Princes William and Harry when they paid her a visit at Buckingham Palace this past weekend. Her grandsons apparently have iPads themselves and let her test drive the device. Enticed, the Queen decided to get one for herself.

“The queen hadn’t seen anything like the iPad before,” a royal insider reportedly said. “She was very impressed. She was particularly taken with how easy it was to use, the large screen and how light it was.”

The 85 year old Elizabeth is reportedly keen on using the device to watch movies and browse the web, and otherwise keep her entertained when she goes on long trips.

This of course isn’t the Queen’s first foray into the land Apple products. President Barack Obama gave her an iPod as a gift in April, 2009. While that might seem like a trite gift at first glance, the iPod was preloaded with pictures of the Queen’s official tour of the US from 2007 along with a plethora of music including showtunes from British-based musical. Sidenote: We wonder if “God save the Queen” from the Sex Pistols made the cut.  We should, however, point out that the iPod from Obama wasn’t the Queen’s first. Indeed, the matriarch had previously owned a 6GB silver iPod Mini she purchased in 2005 on a suggestion from Prince Andrew.

Wow, who knew her grandsons were on the Apple payroll!

Clearly Queen Elizabeth has her finger on the pulse of technology, especially remarkable for a woman inching closer to 90.

“For a woman of her age, she is very switched on. It was only a matter of time before she asked someone to go and get her one.”

Somewhat comically, her grandsons are thrilled that their Grandma wants an iPad with one source relaying that they “think she’s really cool.”

via The Sun



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