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At 94 years of age it is quite amazing that the Queen owns, and knows how to use, a mobile phone.
Nevertheless, apparently Her Majesty has a an ultra-slim smartphone that she never goes anywhere without, according to reports from journalist and royal author, Brian Hoey.
However, what might be even more shocking is what her callers were once greeted with on her voicemail. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is known to be the joker of the royal family and at one point tampered with his grandmother’s voicemail to hilarious results.
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In her book The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family, Karen Dolby revealed what he changed the voicemail message to.
She wrote: “Prince Harry… is known for his sense of fun, and is said to have once recorded a message on his grandmother’s mobile phone so that anyone calling was greeted by ‘Hey, wassup? This is Liz.'”
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Imagine nervously ringing the Queen and getting that as a answerphone message, you’d probably end up giggling when you spoke.
In an article for the Daily Mail, Brian Hoey also revealed that the Queen’s phone is fully encrypted to stop it from being hacked, except by Harry of course!
It is kept fully charged at all times, by her personal assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly.
However, a smartphone is not the only gadget in our very modern ruler’s possession.
Queen Elizabeth II is also the proud owner of a laptop and iPad, and was trained in how to use them by grandchildren Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips.
The Queen is also ahead of many grandparents across the country in using Skype, pre lockdown, to communicate with her grandchildren.
Yvonne Browne, vice president of the Woman’s Institute told People Magazine back in 2015 that the Queen had revealed to her she uses the platform to chat with granddaughter Zara.
She said: “She’s very much in the modern world, and as most grandparents know, if they want to keep in touch with their families these days that’s what they have to do!”
And guess what? Brian explained that she even has a Facebook account “though no one outside the Palace knows how many ‘Friends’ she has.”
However, even if we found it we doubt ‘Liz’ will be accepting our friend request anytime soon…
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