Buckingham Palace Stories July 17, 2014

London may be an expensive tourist destination, but Google will soon offer the next best thing to hopping on a plane: complete 3D imagery of the entire city. The London Evening Standard reports that every building in London will soon be included.

A Google Maps spokesman said: “Using 45-degree aerial imagery, we’re able to recreate entire metropolitan areas in 3D. This means every building, not just the famous landmarks, the terrain, and any surrounding landscape of trees are included to provide a much more accurate and realistic experience of the city” …

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Buckingham Palace Stories July 9, 2014

The first Royal Google Hangout: Princes William and Harry chat live from Buckingham Palace

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry became part of Royal history on Wednesday afternoon by hosting the first Google Hangout from Buckingham Palace. According to The Telegraph, the princes appeared live on webcam around 3:35 PM local time to participate in a question and answer session with five young leaders from five Commonwealth countries around the world.

The report claims that, with the help of Google and Twitter, a “state of the art social media hub” has been setup at the Palace to help launch the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. The princes spoke for twelve minutes with several possible award nominees from Australia, India, Jamaica, South Africa and United Kingdom. Ultimately, there will be 240 people aged 18 to 29 from all 53 Commonwealth countries honored.

The program is also about awarding leaders within the Commonwealth:

“We are looking for the most exceptional leaders from around the Commonwealth, we are looking for this generation’s Nelson Mandela,” said Dr Astrid Bonfield, chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. “Who are the people who are going to inspire a whole generation? We want to find in every single Commonwealth country the young people who are already making a difference in their country. The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust was set up by the Commonwealth leaders as a gift to the Queen to thank her for her 60 years’ service, and the fund stands at more than £100 million. Our task is to spend it in a five-year programme to create change across the Commonwealth.”

The princes are searching for nominees using the hashtag #TheSearchIsOn on Twitter.

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