INTERNET: Royal web site proves popular

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The official royal website has been visited 12.5 million times in its first two months on the Internet, Buckingham Palace disclosed yesterday. The 165-page site, launched by the Queen on 6 March, was accessed 1 million times in the first 24 hours.

And now the site has been extended, with a further 85 pages of royal history, profiles and speeches, illustrated by pictures from the Royal Collection. Computer users around the world, who are connected to the Internet, can now access the history of the British crown, for the price of a local telephone call.

National curriculum history advisers have collaborated with the Palace to write the text of the pages, covering the Anglo-Saxon kings to George VI. In addition, users can access a rare letter written by George III in the 1780s on the loss of America, and Edward VIII's abdication speech of December 11, 1936.

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