Text of email sent by the Queen in 1976 (Screen grab of Tweet by Twitter/@BritishMonarchy)

The Queen was the first monarch to EMAIL

When the Queen ascended the British throne in 1952, the microchip wasn’t even invented. But that hasn’t stopped her embracing technology, including sending an email way back in 1976! Here’s just 8 of the greatest technological inventions from the past 63 years of her reign – the longest of any British monarch. The Microchip – 1959 We all take it for granted now, but the microchip was not yet invented when Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. It was another 7 years…

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Photographing submarines, Margaret Thatcher to Scottish landscapes and crystal balls… one photographer’s story

It might seem an obvious thing to say, but people really do live the most extraordinary lives. Iain Ferguson was at the UK’s photographic “frontline” of the Cold War after developing a passion for photography and video from an early age. That passion for photography has also continued through his life – with stunning results.  A passion for photography As a youngster, Iain started off his photography and video interest by using the family video camera. As a teenager he started…

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Turning professional: the former RAF man making photography a business

For many amateur photographers, the dream is to make it as a professional. And for Pete Dewhirst, it’s dream that became a reality. He has since gone on to photograph royalty, politicians, music events and protests. Pete made the move having spent a career in the RAF and working for an international telecommunications company with both jobs taking him around the world. In between, Pete has found time to excel in triathlons and duathlons and going on to represent Britain! Love of…

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