Queen joins Facebook generation
The Queen has joined the Facebook generation with the launch of a British Monarchy page on the popular social networking site.
Millions of users will be able to log in and see royal images, videos and news.
Facebook has become a global internet phenomena since it was started by Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg in 2004.
It began life as an internet idea open to his fellow students but its appeal quickly spread to other universities and later world wide.
The royal page will also feature the Court Circular - the authoritative record of the previous day's official Royal engagements.
The practice of the Court circulating a report of the sovereign's official daily engagements to the newspapers was reportedly begun by George III in 1803.
The Queen is perhaps Britain's most famous internet user. She has embraced technology and is said to email her grandchildren. But Philip is thought to be the real fan of computers and the internet, using them regularly.
The launch of the Facebook page shows how the British Monarchy is keen to take advantage of new developments.
The move follows the introduction of the Monarchy's Flickr account earlier this year, it also joined Twitter in 2009 and established a Royal Channel on YouTube in 2007.
Prince William has already been officially featured on social networking sites. Updates about his tour of New Zealand in January were posted on to Facebook and Bebo by the New Zealand government.