The Socialite Network: UK's Queen joins Facebook
LONDON (AP) -- It could be the ultimate social network - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is launching an official Facebook page, offering fans daily updates on her engagements, the royal household said Sunday.
The 84-year-old British monarch will be featured in videos, photos and news items on the site, which will be available from Monday, alongside other members of the country's royal family, including Princes William and Harry.
Users will be able send messages to Buckingham Palace, leave comments on the Queen's pages, and find details of royal events close to their homes,
However, because the pages will be corporate - and not a personal account - people won't be able to request to become friends with the queen.
The Facebook page is the queen's latest social media venture - the royal family already have an account on the Flickr photography website, joined Twitter in 2009 and set up a video channel on YouTube in 2007.
Buckingham Palace set up its own website in 1997, which now allows people to apply for palace jobs online, track the royal family via Google Maps or read details in a section devoted to the queen's prized corgi dogs.
Her Facebook site will offer Britain's court circular, the official daily record of the royal family's engagements. It lists all royal diary appointments from the previous day and was created by George III in 1803, reportedly after he became frustrated at inaccurate newspaper reports.
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