Yesterday the queen launched her official Facebook page, to go alongside the Twitter, Flickr and YouTube accounts which have been set up by order of Her Majesty.
At the time of the launch yesterday morning, the page had only around 40,000 people "liking" it, although in just 24 hours, the power of facebook promotion has nearly quadrupled that number of fans up to 145,000.
However not everybody who signed up to the British Monarchy page is a true fan of the monarchy. Some anti-royalists have been posting abusive messages in the comments threads, which have had to be removed.
According to a report in the Telegraph, one Facebooker called the royal family "scrounging layabouts", and another labelled the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh "inbred".
As another Facebook user put it: "Blimey, bet the Royal Household didn't anticipate so much informality.
Not all comments were negative, there have been plenty of positive comments from overseas: "Notwithstanding my status as an American citizen, I have great respect both for the institution of the British Monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth herself. Welcome to Facebook, Your Majesty!"
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