Never too old to stay in touch with her people, Queen Elizabeth II has joined the social networking site Facebook and has attracted nearly 250,000 visitors since the launch on Monday.
Royalists and republicans alike have logged on to the pages to view images, videos and news about the British monarchy.
However moderators were forced to remove many abusive comments by anti-monarchist saboteurs who clicked the ‘like’ button on anti-Royal messages.
In particular a number of offensive messages have been posted about Parker-Bowles with a number comparing her unfavorably with Princess Diana.
Their views were outweighed by positive messages, however, with hundreds of supportive comments filling the site within hours of its launch.
One user defended the Duchess of Cornwall saying, “Glad that Charles has found happiness with Camilla—let’s accept that they were meant for each other and draw a veil over the past.”
The official Monarchy pages features news articles, pictures, and video clips of the 84-year-old British monarch and the rest of the British royal family, including her grandsons William and Harry.
It’s worth noting that the Queen’s Facebook page is a corporate one and not personal, so she won’t be receiving friend requests anytime soon.
A palace official said that the Queen has never used Facebook but did give her approval of the plan in order to reach out to more people.
“The decision went right up to the Queen,” said the anonymous official. “If you are going to have an online presence in 2010, you just have to be on Facebook.”
Facebook is the latest foray into the Internet by the royal family. They launched a YouTube channel in 2007, signed up for Twitter in 2009, and they also have a Flickr account. Buckingham Palace launched its website back in 1997, letting people apply online, use Google Maps to track royal engagements, or read about the Queen’s corgi dogs.