Published 28 November 2001

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY THE PRESS SECRETARY TO THE QUEEN

A new version of the British Monarchy web site will be launched by The Queen during the reception for the broadcasting industry at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th November, 2001. The Queen will view key areas of the site, including the Golden Jubilee section - a review of Her Majesty's reign.

The new site retains its wealth of information about the British Monarchy and its history, members of the Royal Family, Royal ceremonies and residences.

Interesting additional features include a Golden Jubilee section with a review of the last 50 years of The Queen's reign; a special children's section with a colouring game; a recruitment section with current vacancies in the Royal Household; forms for applying for a birthday or anniversary message from The Queen; information on the Royal Collection, its galleries and exhibitions; and the latest Royal financial reports for downloading.

The new Royal web site takes advantage of changes in Internet technology. The site has a clean, crisp graphical interface, and uses Web technologies including Flash and DHTML. A browser-based Content Management System will allow the site to be updated on an hour-by-hour basis with Royal news as required.