Let's rock: Queen of Twitter fires up jubilee

Tue Jun 5, 2012 1:20pm EDT
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By Estelle Shirbon

LONDON (Reuters) - "OK, fire up the Bentley. Let's rock."

Thus tweeted "Elizabeth Windsor", comic online alter ego of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, as the flesh-and-blood monarch was about to depart Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning for a solemn church service to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

It was a typical tweet from the spoof Twitter account @Queen_UK, which has attracted close to 800,000 followers with its running commentary on current affairs from a virtual queen with a razor-sharp wit and a penchant for gin.

As the British media provided around-the-clock coverage of the diamond jubilee, a four-day extravaganza of pageantry and pop music celebrating the real Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne, @Queen_UK also went into overdrive.

"No Philip, you're not going dressed as Colonel Gaddafi and that's the end of it," was one tweet that appeared just before Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were scheduled to sail down the Thames with a 1,000-strong flotilla on Sunday.

The real identity of the fake Elizabeth Windsor is not known publicly.

While TV commentators were waxing lyrical about the 86-year-old monarch's fortitude as she stood for hours on a barge under pouring rain, the Twitter queen was giving her impressions in a rather more deadpan style.

"It is hard to defend the faith in this weather," she said.   Continued...