SOURCE: YouTube

December 22, 2007 20:22 ET

The Following Announcement Is Issued by the Press Secretary to the Queen; Under STRICT Embargo Until 0001, Sunday, 23rd December 2007

Launch of Royal "YouTube" Channel

LONDON--(Marketwire - December 22, 2007) - The Royal Household has launched a Royal Channel on the popular video sharing website "YouTube" (www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel). The channel which goes live on Sunday, the 23rd December at 0001, will showcase both archive and modern video of The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family and Royal events. New footage will be regularly added.

At launch, the channel will display the first televised Christmas Broadcast of 1957 as its main video. The access to this restricted footage has been granted to mark the 50th anniversary this year of the first televised Christmas Broadcast.

The Royal Channel on YouTube will also show The Queen's 2007 Christmas Broadcast for the first time from approximately 3pm GMT on the 25th December -- Christmas Day; the same time as the traditional broadcast on television.

Additional footage on the channel includes rarely seen films from the British Film Institute (BFI), which are detailed below.

The first televised Christmas Broadcast, Sandringham House,1957

This footage is particularly relevant given the fact that it is the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Broadcast. It also makes reference to technological advances: "I very much hope that this new medium will make my Christmas message more personal and direct. 'That it is possible for some of you to see me today is just another example of the speed at which things are changing all around us."

A full transcript of the broadcast can be found at: http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page4609.asp

Lord John Wakehurst's film: Long to Reign Over Us (three short films)

*This footage has never been publicly released.

Lord Wakehurst (1895-1970) Conservative MP, Governor of New South Wales, Governor of Northern Ireland and Lord Prior of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, was also a keen amateur film maker. The films contain voiceover by Lord Wakehurst himself and chart events from the death of King George VI to The Queen's Accession and Coronation. The footage is all in colour, and much of the story is told from the public's perspective, showing crowds gathering to mourn the King's death, and then, the following year, holding street parties and camping out on The Mall to catch a glimpse of The Queen on Coronation Day.

Roses for the Rose Queen, 1917:

Newsreel footage featuring Queen Alexandra's West End tour among the rose-sellers.

The Royal Wedding, 1923 - rarely seen footage:

Newsreel of the wedding of The Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Existing footage currently being shown on the Royal websites:

Short films on: Garden Parties, State Visits, The Queen and Prime Ministers, Investitures and The Prince of Wales' visit to the Robert Clack School.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

For artwork and access to a password protected micro site to view the Royal Channel in advance, contact Oliver Rickman at Google on oliverr@google.com or mobile: 07801 853363

For further information about the Royal Channel contact Samantha Cohen, Press Secretary to The Queen on 07775 893 703.

For release Saturday, 22nd December at 0930 to Sunday newspapers only.

For access to a press microsite where you can download high resolution images of the channel, please go to:

url: http://services.google.com/theroyalchannel
username: pr-royalchannel
password: TheRoyalChannel (case sensitive)

The microsite includes high resolution images.

The release in English will be on the Royal website at http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page6163.asp.

List of ways in which the British Monarchy have used technology before:

1937 - The Coronation procession of George VI becomes the first televised
outside broadcast
1953 - The Queen allows television cameras inside Westminster Abbey for the
first time during a State occasion for her Coronation. An extra half a
million TV sets are sold in the weeks running up to the event
1976 - The Queen becomes the first Monarch to send an email during a visit
to an army base
1997 - The Queen launches www.royal.gov.uk during a visit to Kingsbury High
School in Brent
2006 - The Christmas Broadcast, or 'Queen's speech' is podcast for the
first time