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Queen is 'Googled'

An image of the British monarch will be incorporated into the homepage logo of Google to mark the Queen's landmark visit to the Internet search engine's headquarters in London.

business Updated: Oct 16, 2008 15:51 IST

An image of the British monarch will be incorporated into the homepage logo of Google to mark the Queen's landmark visit to the Internet search engine's headquarters in London on Thursday.

The Queen, who will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will see various operations from its popular search engine facility to Google Earth, where detailed maps and satellite images of the planet are accessed by users, the Daily Express said on Thursday.

The 'Google doodle', will feature a profile of the monarch and a crown in tune with its tradition to reflect major events or historic dates, usually including a humorous twist.

The Queen has made special efforts to keep up with the technological changes over the decades. The Queen sent her first email more than 30 years ago when she visited an Army base in 1976.

Last Christmas, she launched the first Royal Channel on YouTube - the popular video-sharing website, which has 54 royal videos and has been viewed 1.6 million times by Internet users.

In 2006 the Queen's Speech was made available as a podcast for the first time and in 1997 the monarch launched the official royal website during a visit to Kingsbury High School in northwest London.

At the Google's offices, the Queen will meet senior officers including Indian Nikesh Arora, president of Google Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Queen and Duke will also meet 16 schoolchildren, all winners in a competition to design new doodles for Google.