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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 9:53 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LONDON - She sent her first e-mail in 1976. She has her own Web site. And on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II uploaded video to YouTube during a visit to Google's British headquarters.

The company celebrated the queen's visit by creating a special version of its google.co.uk home page, which featured a silhouette of her head as the second "G" and a regal crown atop the "E" in their logo.

During the visit, the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, saw a demonstration of the company's technology and met schoolchildren who won a competition to design their own Google "doodles" — what the Mountain View, California-based company calls special editions of their blue, green, red and yellow logo.

The royal couple met users of the Google-owned YouTube video Web site, including Peter Oakley, an 81-year-old known as "Geriatric1927." Oakley's videos on the site earned him a nomination for a YouTube award in 2006.

The queen, 82, herself has a presence on YouTube — she launched the Royal Channel in December. There are 54 videos on the channel, which range from the Queen's 1957 Christmas message to a day in the life of Prince Charles. On Thursday, she uploaded archive footage to the channel of a 1969 reception at Buckingham Palace for British Olympians.

The monarch has reigned since 1952. According to the Buckingham Palace Web site, the queen sent her first e-mail from a computer on an army base, well before the widespread use of the Internet.

After their visit to Google, the queen and Prince Philip planned to host a reception for nearly 600 British Olympians at the palace, the monarch's London home.

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