Queen Elizabeth May Have Gotten Her Own iPad

By Ed Silverstein May 12, 2011

It was widely reported that Queen Elizabeth was highly impressed with her grandson’s choice of a bride. But she was also impressed with his choice of a computer – an iPad – so much so, that she asked Palace staff for her own, according to media reports.

The Sun newspaper reported that the British monarch asked for an iPad after seeing her grandsons, Princes William and Harry, use the ones they have in Buckingham Palace.

“The Queen hadn’t seen anything like the iPad before. She was very impressed,” The Sun reported. “She was particularly taken with how easy it was to use, the large screen and how light it was.”

In addition, “she thinks it will be great to keep her entertained on all the long trips she has to make,” The Sun said.

And what do her computer-savvy grandsons think of her interest? William, who just got married to Kate Middleton – as billions watched around the world – and Harry, who was his best man during the impressive ceremony, “think it is hilarious,” The Sun reported. “They love the fact that their gran wants an iPad and think she’s really cool.”

Official royal sources declined to comment on the newspaper report, says The Telegraph.

But she appears to use other Apple products, The Telegraph adds. She got a silver iPod mini in 2005 – encouraged by her son, Prince Andrew, and she was presented an iPod by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009.

In 2007, the Queen got a BlackBerry and signed up for an e-mail address. And in 2010, while visiting Research In Motion’s Canadian headquarters, she was given a BlackBerry Bold.

Anyway, the Queen is not alone in liking the iPad. Apple dominates the tablet market with its iPad getting 74 percent of total sales in the first quarter of 2011, reports TechZone360’s John Lahtinen.

Apple has said that it sold more than 15 million of the first-generation iPads, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times. The newer iPad 2 was launched in March.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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