To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, Google with Historypin launched an interactive online gallery “Pinning The Queen’s History.”
The gallery is filled with memories of Her Majesty’s photographic images, videos and audio clips pinned directly onto a Google Map on the dedicated Historypin site, and to let anyone see historical images in modern context within Google Maps.
History pin is also inviting people from around the world to submit photos, videos and other memories of The Queen during these visits.
“Using Google Maps and Street View, the Historypin platform enables you to pinpoint the exact location of where the imagery was captured. They’ll be overlaid onto Street View, so you can compare glimpses of the Queen’s 60-year reign with how they look today. Throughout her six decades on the throne,” informs Google.
The collection has been boosted by the provision of images from The Queen’s overseas visits taken by press photographers, and by photographs of items from the Buckingham Palace’s Royal Archives. The Queen has undertaken hundreds of visits around the United Kingdom and 261 official overseas visits to 116 different countries.
“Items from the Royal Archives include the sitar presented to The Queen during her visit to India in 1997, an earthenware vase presented to the Queen by the Prime Minister of Japan and a map showing the air routes around South Australia during the 1954 Commonwealth Tour,” Google added.
You can submit your memories of The Queen at www.historypin.com/DiamondJubilee/.
Update 04/16: Google created a 3D aerial view video of the procession route, providing a virtual tour of the landmarks that The Queen will pass.
“The procession starts with a view of New Palace Yard, leading up through Whitehall, past the Cenotaph war memorial, a focal point for Remembrance Sunday. It then moves on to pass Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister and around Trafalgar Square. The route then goes through Admiralty Arch before heading up the Mall and ending at Buckingham Palace,” Google informs.
With the summer of 2012 is set to draw in millions of visitors to the UK. To explore London landmarks in Google Earth, check the 3D buildings box in the left-hand panel under “Layers,” then type “London” in the search bar on the top left and use the navigation controls in the upper right to zoom in, spin around and tilt the view. Alternatively, you can go to Earth View on Google Maps in your browser.