Royal Family launches YouTube channel

Don't let the hats fool you.

Queen Elizabeth has stepped into the modern mainstream with the launch of a Royal Channel site on YouTube.

The site, www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel, provides archived footage from the Royal family, and will serve as an additional outlet for the queen's annual Christmas message, traditionally broadcast on TV. The message will also be podcast for the second consecutive year.

Statements from Buckingham palace, provided by both Reuters and the AP, indicate that the queen is eager to take advantage of new technologies in an effort to reach a broader audience.

"I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct," she said.

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