Friday, November 18, 2011

Top Five Most Popular Videos of the Queen Online

The beautiful thing about the internet is that anyone has access to a plethora of stock footage beneath their fingertips. Any person is able to look back through time and watch and hear key moments in history from the comfort of their homes, gaining knowledge and understanding about our own history as humankind. As we move into 2012 in the UK, it is important to note that Queen Elizabeth II approaches the 60th anniversary of her reign; we can take a look back through her defining online moments - which have proved most popular with audiences all over the world.

Search any of these following titles on YouTube to find the referenced videos.

"The Queen's Arrival at the Funeral of Diana Princess of Wales"


This is remembered as one of the upsetting days in recent English history. The catastrophic event of Diana's death bought gloom to the nation, perhaps to the World, whilst unfortunately being the cause of much controversy and conspiracy surrounding the Royals. The stock footage of the Queen arriving at the funeral is one of the most watched videos on the internet her Royal Majesty is featured in.

"Queen snubs Prince Charles' wife Camilla at the Royal Wedding!!!"

In this online video the Queen Mother, the Queen is shown to ignore Prince Charles's wife Camilla Parker Bowles at the Royal Wedding in 2011. The relationship between the Queen Mother and Camilla has always been slightly dubious for many reasons - however a clever cameraman seemed to pick up this small leak, capturing the real sentiment the Queen towards Camilla.

"The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II "

In this rare stock footage in black and white from 1953, we see the BBC footage of Elizabeth becoming Queen Elizabeth II. In front of around ten thousand people, Prime Ministers, heads of states and Commonwealth; Elizabeth takes a Coronation oath bound to serve her people and maintain the laws of God. One of the most important national moments in living UK history, which clocks in just under 800,000 thousand hits.

"The Queen is almost assaulted... "

The misleading title is probably what attracted nearly 350,000 people to watching it. At the 'Trooping of the Colours' in 2006 a streaker covered only by a union jack flag tried to 'get a closer look' at the Queen and ran towards her from the crowd who was only to be heavily restrained from security and trooping Beefeaters. The Queen did not comment on the incident, but I'm sure the Queen was not amused.

"Queen humiliates President Obama at Buckingham Palace by refusing toast - May 24 2011"

In May 2011, the American President Barack Obama came to Buckingham Palace for a banquet. Obama whilst giving his toast stopped for a poignant pause which the orchestra mistook for the end and struck up 'God Save The Queen' - which then Obama toasted. The Queen did not respond till the Orchestra had finished, as is tradition. Many unhappy Americans mistook this for downright rudeness, even though Obama understood his mistake and joked about it with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg describing the mishap as 'out of the movies'. Not the strongest stock footage of the Queen, but popular all the same.

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