A new website on our monarch's life has been launched today to mark the Queen's 80th birthday on 21st April. Unfortunately the Government literacy drive doesn't seem to have reached Buckingham Palace as the site says: 'The search functionality allows you to search for the pressence (sic) of a word or words on the website.'
If we leave that aside there are photographs, documents and other archive material charting the life of the Queen online. The new site promises: 'This web site celebrates Her Majesty's life and times and provides information about events taking place to celebrate her birthdays'.
But the site search engine delivers more disappointments. Searching for the term 'music' gives the following result: 'Sorry, your search didn't return any pages.'
A recent Guardian interview about a royal birthday commission for the new Master of the Queen's Music Sir Peter Maxwell Davies reported: ' Sir Peter, who as an anti-establishment figure surprised many when he accepted the position, said the royal family were "very good. I was surprised that they are so helpful and keen. They have been falling over backwards to help. I have had in-depth conversations with the Queen and Prince Charles about music. The Queen in particular has shown great understanding and perception. The idea she's a philistine is complete rubbish".'
The last sentence in the second paragraph is not a typo, the Queen may not have two dictionaries or two CDs, but she does actually have two birthdays.
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