Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A tablet computer containing the best contributions to a digital time capsule celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee has entered the Royal Collection.

The tablet was given to The Queen by the Royal Commonwealth Society during Her Majesty's tour of the Society’s headquarters in London on Wednesday, 14 November.  On it are stored 60 videos, photographs, drawings, essays and poems, chosen from the 80,000 contributions collected for the Society’s Diamond Jubilee Time Capsule.

The digital capsule, which can be viewed online, is made up of a timeline spanning The Queen’s reign.  Adults and children from across the Commonwealth have uploaded their memories of significant events over the past 60 years, as part of the world’s largest online history project. 

The capsule includes contributions by almost 40,000 people from 66 countries, including Their Royal Highnesses Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie.  Contained within it are stories of schooldays, of Independence Days and memories of The Queen’s Coronation.  The most popular day in the capsule’s timeline, with 200 entries, was 29 April 2011 – the day of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.

The 60 entries stored on the tablet were selected by a panel of judges to form the Diamond (Re)Collection, which can be viewed here.  The tablet will be held as part of the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.

Highlights include:

22 October 2010 - ‘The Changing of the Guard’ - Michael Larsen-Kennedy visits Buckingham Palace to watch his cousin take part in the ceremony.

5 September 2011 - ‘The day I wore my best clothes’ – John Samson, 12, from Malawi recollects the day he received his first school uniform.  John is this year’s Royal Commonwealth Essay Junior Prize winner and was chosen to present the tablet to The Queen.

3 June 2012 - ‘Tuvalu Big Jubilee Lunch’ – Photographs of the Big Jubilee Lunch run by the Tuvalu Scout Association at the Nauti Primary School, Tuvalu.

Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, said, ‘The Commonwealth has been at the heart of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and we wanted to do something innovative to celebrate the association and the 2.1 billion people that live in it.  The Jubilee Time Capsule is an amazing collection of stories and memories that shows the shared history and aspirations of the Commonwealth’s citizens.  We’re thrilled to know the Jubilee Time Capsule – and the People’s History it has created – will now have a legacy of its own in the Royal Collection.