Technophobia certainly does not, as you suggest, run in the Royal Family. Queen Victoria, in contrast to her Prime Minister, Melbourne, was an enthusiast for the newly invented passenger railway; her husband, Albert, probably did more than any single person last century to promote innovation; and her eldest son, the Prince of Wales, was quick to endorse the motor car. The Queen's father, later George VI, learned to fly in 1919, a time when it was a highly risky business.
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