Queen Elizabeth gets a new BlackBerry

Jul 05, 2010

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II received a BlackBerry handset as a gift on Monday while touring the Canadian headquarters of its maker, Research in Motion.

The British monarch is said to be a fan of the popular smartphones, ever since her her son, Prince Andrew, introduced her to them a few years ago.

Company co-founder Mike Lazaridis presented queen with the most current model, the Bold 9700, personalized with an image of area school children offering her flowers.

Dressed in a creme-colored hat and a white smock, Elizabeth was also given a rare glimpse inside the Waterloo, Ontario factory where the devices are made.

The site was described in pool reports as a cavernous, white room dotted with spotless workstations and large automated machines.

The polished floors are marked with yellow stickers warning people that they are entering an "electrostatic sensitive" area. The smocks worn by the queen and her entourage, including by a red-clad Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer over his uniform, guard against electrostatic shocks.

Canada's titular head of state was greeted inside by dozens of workers in blue smocks who would normally be busy on their computers designing and making the latest smartphones.

According to a spokeswoman for RIM, it was the first time media have been allowed on RIM's workfloor.

Later, Queen Elizabeth II, who was accompanied on her Canadian visit by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, donned 3D eyewear to watch a few minutes of a new 3D film by Deepa Mehta being shot at the Pinewood movie studio in Toronto.

The royal couple were expected to dine with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the evening before heading to New York on Tuesday.

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scidog
not rated yet Jul 06, 2010
no matter what you think of her,the places she has been and stuff she has seen must be epic.
COCO
not rated yet Jul 06, 2010
Glad to see her here and helping RIM get some needed profile. Agree with the latter chap that she has seen it all - lucky she could see anything when she went to Toronto later and almost had no light - a all too common problem in the colonies.

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