If you haven’t seen this official photograph yet (taken after the couple returned to Buckingham Palace but before they emerged for the public wave and kiss), you soon will. What’s neat about it, aside from the playful pose by Master Pettifer and that it was shot in the throne room, is it is up on the British Monarchy’s official Flickr channel for the world to view and share.
What’s neater is the monarchy has shared photos on Flickr since April 2010, beginning with the Queen visiting a cancer clinic.
The Monarchy wants to be where the people are, and the people — you and me — love it.
Their first tweet was in April 2009, appropriately featuring a link to photos.
Youtube also plays a part in the next section below, such as the ability through the aptly-named Royal Channel to watch the wedding procession, ceremony, and more in this 3 hour video:
Their Youtube channel was created in October 2007.
If you click through any of the monarchic links, you will immediately notice the interconnectedness of different social channels. You will also see mentions of other feeds, such as the Clarence House on Twitter.
And that is essentially the role of the British Monarchy today: not so much pomp and circumstance but socialization. Who doesn’t want to socialize on the internet with queens, princes, and duchesses? Granted they may not be tweeting or facebooking individually, but I’ll wager a bet they are very aware of what is written on their behalf and what people are writing in response.