Baby Bethany is the Queen of Flickrs Peoples Royal Wedding Album, while Pippa Middleton is the Princess of Search

Bethany was very excited to watch the Royal Wedding”, a photo taken by Flickr user Louisa Who?, has been chosen as the winner of Flickr’s ‘People’s Royal Wedding Album’ (http://www.flickr.com/groups/peoplesroyalwedding) by Yahoo! Royal Wedding Ambassador and former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond. At the same time, the undoubted star of the Royal Wedding was Pippa Middleton, according to Yahoo! Search. Searches for P-Middy outstripped those for her sister not only on the day of the wedding, but in the week after the wedding by over 20 times.

The People’s Royal Wedding Album – a group on Flickr that aimed to capture the people’s take on the Royal Wedding with a £5,000 prize to the best photo from UK users – hosts over 1500 images, more than 1,200 of which were shared by people either on the day or over the Royal Wedding weekend. Alongside the official pictures on the British Monarchy’s own Flickr stream, the People’s Royal Wedding Album offered a diverse look at what the people did for the big day.

Popular subjects (aside from the obvious) included:

  • Royal Wedding themed cakes
  • Pets in Royal themed attire (mostly dogs)
  • William and Kate masks
  • People watching at home on TV
  • Royal Wedding related knitting and embroidery

The winning photo shows a cute six month old Bethany enjoying the wedding on TV from the comfort of her baby seat.  Jennie Bond, judge of the competition, said “I chose the picture as not only is it beautifully shot, with a great eye for colour and for humour, it also sums up a key part of what The People’s Royal Wedding Album was all about – becoming a historical document for future generations like Bethany and showing the true story of what people did for the wedding.”

Louisa Gotts, Bethany’s mum, took the photo: “I’m a really keen photographer, and having a little baby I’m always taking pictures of her. So when I saw the competition on Flickr I instantly thought that the picture I’d taken would fit the bill. I never imagined I would win but it must have struck a chord, so I’m delighted!”

Fiona Miller, Flickr’s Marketing Manager commented:  “We love the People’s Royal Wedding Album – from the decorated dogs, to monarchical embroidery and street parties galore – and Baby Bethany seems to capture the feelings of so many people on the big day.”

The P-Middy effect

On  Royal Wedding Day, Yahoo!’s UK search was full of the topics you’d expect – Kate’s dress, Beatrice’s hat and Harry’s Wiggly Worm, for example – but since then there has been continued interest in one particular topic that barely registered before the wedding  – Pippa Middleton. With Kate dominating Royal Wedding related search queries for the months leading up to the wedding, on the big day itself interest in Kate gave way to her little sis, who received 1.7 times the number of searches. In the week following the wedding, Pippa went on to clock up 22 times as many search queries on Yahoo! UK than her big sister.

As the premier digital media company, Yahoo! received more traffic to their coverage of the wedding than for any previous event. Over the 24 hour period of 29th April 2011, Yahoo! sites serving Royal Wedding content drove 400 million page views on the day and a record-breaking 50,000 page requests per second, seven times the average daily peak of approximately 7,500, and video traffic was 21% higher than the previous record.

My Garden as of the 6th of July 2010

I’ve been working pretty hard lately on my garden – I just wish there was some miracle way of stopping weeds and roots from growing back and also to slow time . But hey it’s a challenge right – a one man band doing all he can within reason while still having no transport to get rid of all the cuttings! 🙂

8th of September 2009 – Before winter came and took the garden back.

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24th of April 2010 – The sun is coming out time to do that garden!

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21st of June 2010 – No car anymore, so work has been hard but it’s getting there, shame the rain came and ruined all the work I had done – weirds grow back quick!

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27th of June 2010 – Finally shifting that dirt.

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6th of July 2010 – More dirt shifting and still no transport makes for a hard life in the garden. Summer holidays soon – will have to clear as much as I can before winters back!

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Hogwarts Express Train Ride July 2009 London Paddington to Oxford

Following up from both my previous posts (post 1 & post 2) about the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Fan Trip Train Ride 2009, which gave you the chance to travel by steam train from Paddington to Oxford aboard the Hogwarts Express (GWR Hall Class 4-6-0 no 5972 Olton Hall) steam train on Saturday the 18th of July 2009.

I have now had the chance along with my girlfreind (see her post) to travel on this Hogwarts Express Journey, it was really enjoyable and worth going, the atmosphere around people was a great experience.

I have just finished uploading all the photos I took of my journey on the Hogwarts Express (5972 Olton Hall). My photos include both outside and inside photos of the main steam engine train and the carriages, along with some photos of Oxford and a few of London.

I shall soon be adding my Hogwarts Express Videos to this post too, which are definitely worth viewing, even if you didnt go! 😉

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