Queen Elizabeth II Is Not Amused By Android, Buys An iPad 2

Queen Elizabeth II Is Not Amused By Android, Buys An iPad 2

The Sun, that last bastion of journalistic excellence, reports that Queen Elizabeth II has shuttled off one of her liveried manservants to the Regent Street Apple Store to buy her an iPad 2. Explanation, please!

As the story goes, at a recent gathering, the Queen — taking a break from humoring the drunken, pan-offensive ravings of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh — invited Prince William and Prince Harry over to Buckingham Palace, at which point they showed her their new tablets.

According to an insider, the Queen was “particularly taken with how easy it was to use, the large screen and how light it was.”

“The Queen has a mobile phone as well as the iPods, so an iPad is the logical progression,” the Sun’s source says. “She thinks it will be great to keep her entertained on all the long trips she has to make.”

I can see it now: a roomful of maids slaving away sewing conductive thread into all the fingers of the Queen’s extensive lady glove collection, the largest and daintiest of its kind anywhere in the world. Your tax dollars at work, Britons!

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  • quietstorms

    Since they managed to charge the Brits tens of millions for the wedding hopefully she could afford to pay for this on her own.

  • Milo Thurston

    Other than the wedding the royals are actually rather cheap:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/747

  • Biolizard

    “Your tax dollars at work, Britons!”

    We use Sterling. Just saying.

  • Chris

    well, now they really have to make touchscreen-compatible gloves

  • j in UK

    This goes to show just how uninformed Americans are. SHE would pay for such a device, NOT the British tax-payer. The Families paid for the Wedding, NOT the tax-payer. The tax-payer paid for the security to control the crowds, as with any large scale event anywhere in the world. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade pops into mind. BUT, it was the British people that benefited with 100′s of million pounds flooding into the tax pool from tourists buying souvenirs, hotel tax, VAT, restaurant tax, and entrance fees to many London attractions. The Royal family, AKA the British Department of State, costs a fraction of what the US State Department costs AND is far more accountable. How much does the US State Department cost the American Taxpayer? The Royal Family costs the British Taxpayer about 1 pound, that’s about $1.67 to the Yanks.

  • Marclonus

    Also…at her age, she will definitely need an iPad. Android tablets are for the more tech-savvy people out there that want a bit more that just an app pushing device…

  • quietstorms

    Uninformed Americans? They paid $32.7 million dollars for security alone and the wedding in total costs the taxpayer $48 million dollars! If thee wedding was so benefial to the economy then there wouldn’t have been a controversy about it in the UK. The Queen gets $23.3 million as Head of State, $25.9 from taxpayers to maintain her palaces. In total she receives $83.8 million a year.

    Don’t be naive and compare the US State Department to the royal family.

    I like the couple and my comment was made in jest, but don’t believe the hype that the costs could be made up in consumer purchases.

  • brownlee

    Ha. Totally awesome.

  • brownlee

    Of course, “tax sterling” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?

  • Grant

    You mean the tech-savvy that need to be able to debug their devices when they fail … if you’re going to try and slide this little bit of slander in, expect a rebuttal :-P

  • JSCR Inc

    :P but we stiil dnt use dollars, maybe your taxes or somit :P

  • j in UK

    The BBC made that back alone in joint camera licensing fees to global media. REALLY!

  • Dan Bennett

    I know more people who’ve had the iPhone’s fail than those who’ve had Android phones fail. I talk about phones in that as I only know 2 people with iPads and no one with an Android tablet :/

    What Marclonus says is true, though. Android is a hell of lot more configurable and customisable, thus requiring a more tech-savvy user in order to reach the device’s potential. iOS is marketted at being sleek and simple, which it does very well, I just like my tech to work how I want it to, not the other way around.

    That said, your comment in itself is a testimony to Apple users. Debugging is incredibly helpful on any platform – being unable to do it makes you completely helpless when anything does go wrong and then, shock horror, you have/are heavily encouraged to pay Apple another ridiculous cash sum to get it fixed.

  • Dan Bennett

    You’d hope so, but then you have to factor in Apple’s prices for the product, its accessories and any maintenance needed.

  • Dimitri Theofilopoulos

    are these royal yellow/brown teeth?

  • Stuart

    ‘restaurant tax’? No such thing in the UK.

  • Grant

    Very good points, Dan! When people ask me which they should get, I tell them their level of comfort and what appeals most to them should prevail. SO I’m not necessarily an Apple Fanboy or by any means an Android hater, and recognize each platform has it’s strengths and weaknesses. For Marcionus to have just merely implied she got an iPad because she’s inept would imply that the iPad is an inferior platform for stupid users. Kind of like saying that if a user can’t use a computer, than they’re just dumb. I do UI for a living, so I’m very much about the platform adapting to the user.

  • ConnorJackTurnbull

    They “managed” to charge the Brits due to the need for a heavy security presence. The wedding was paid for by the Royal Family, nothing to do with the taxpayer.

    If there weren’t British citizens willing to disrupt such an event (like any event, not just one with the Royal Family concerned), there money would not be spent on large amounts of security and policing.

  • T in the UK

    Just shows how uninformed all of you are. For the record, the Royal Family received their income via the Civil List. Currently this nets them around £40m a year. However this is a voluntary arrangement with Parliament whereby the rental profits from all the Crown lands are surrendered to the UK Treasury, currently around £200m a year. So in actual fact Her Majesty gives the taxpayer £160m a year. Please try to get your facts right the next time you’re going to insult someone else’s country and head of state.

  • brownlee

    And, of course, they bought all of that land themselves, with their own private fortunes earned through their own acumen and excellence.

  • Peterpan31

    John Brownlee? This week he is insulting a nation of 60
    million people, and a monarch that has been a uniting force in the world for
    DECADES. Have you ever even heard of the Commonwealth?

    Obviously you have never heard of the civil list!

    A few weeks ago he says that Iphones will take over from dedicated gaming
    consoles in the near future. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    How exactly have you managed to fool most of the people most of the time? I
    find your so called ‘writing’ infantile and obviously inflammatory. Maybe you
    get paid more for drivel that gets a large number of comments?

    I am about to happily delete my cult of mac shortcut and stick to 9 to 5 Mac,
    Macrumours and appleinsider from now on. You are simply too foolish and I find
    myself offended/annoyed by your simplistic, ill informed work.

    Your ‘about the author’ photo says it all really, you ridiculous, pompous
    little twat. American? German? God I hope so………..if you are British, I am
    ashamed!

    Let me sign off in language you will understand

    Me go bye bye. (yes you really are a muppet baby).

    Fool.

  • Peterpan31

    John Brownlee? This week he is insulting a nation of 60
    million people, and a monarch that has been a uniting force in the world for
    DECADES. Have you ever even heard of the Commonwealth?

    Obviously you have never heard of the civil list!

    A few weeks ago he says that Iphones will take over from dedicated gaming
    consoles in the near future. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    How exactly have you managed to fool most of the people most of the time? I
    find your so called ‘writing’ infantile and obviously inflammatory. Maybe you
    get paid more for drivel that gets a large number of comments?

    I am about to happily delete my cult of mac shortcut and stick to 9 to 5 Mac,
    Macrumours and appleinsider from now on. You are simply too foolish and I find
    myself offended/annoyed by your simplistic, ill informed work.

    Your ‘about the author’ photo says it all really, you ridiculous, pompous
    little twat. American? German? God I hope so………..if you are British, I am
    ashamed!

    Let me sign off in language you will understand

    Me go bye bye. (yes you really are a muppet baby).

    Fool.

  • freerange

    don’t let the door hit you in the ass you pompous british twit…

  • John Marshall

    Don’t forget that iOS is just as configurable as Android once it’s jailbroken– which any techie would do with an iPhone anyways.

  • Aqualung_nut

    Wow you read Peterpans post, saw the word pompous, and copied it! CLEVER dude.

    I have been to the UK and read the Sun (For the unaware the Sun makes the National Enquirer look like the NY times). This so called journalist lampoons the Sun at the start of the article and then proceeds to write stuff that is of the same order. I am from San Diego and live and work in the UK for half of the year.

    For some reason the Brits seem to get pissed if you critise a woman that stayed in London when the Germans were bombing the crap out of it, and is loved around the world. Strange folk the Brits!

    Lets not forget who has had the back of the US through thick and thin, and been a world leader for a long time. This amazed me but when the credit crunch hit where did the world leaders go to sort it out? New York? Paris? Berlin? Beijing? NOPE. LONDON BABY YEAH!

    The Brits may have lost an Empire but who is next in line for that honour?

    Brownlee might need to go back to journalism school. Or maybe he should just be asking me if I want fries with that?

  • parrotcam

    it’s always great to see older generations get into technology. the ipad was meant to be a simple device that everyone can use.

  • fellowza

    tax dollars? right.

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