Reign of the information age

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II will today become the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

The Queen is patron of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and we would like to congratulate Her Majesty on this occasion.

CILIP, and before it our predecessor the Library Association, has operated under Royal Charter since 1898. Our role is to promote the interests of library, information and knowledge workers across the public and private sectors.

Our Charter enables us to promote learning and education for all members of the public, irrespective of their circumstances or background.

The Queen’s reign began in 1952 and has covered a period that has seen a transformation in the way information is stored, shared and managed; heralded by the invention of the world's first electronic computer for use in Bletchely Park in 1943.

In our image gallery we look back and celebrate the Queen’s role through this transformation of information, knowledge and technology.



1958 - makes the first long-distance phone call

1972 - Queen Elizabeth II And Prince Philip In The Library Of The Balmoral Castle



1999 - tour of literacy projects at Liverpool Central Library

2000 - meeting Pope John Paul II at his private library

2006 - greeting children at the children's literacy garden party

2009 - relaunches the Monarchy website


2008 - visits the UK headquarters of Google

2011 - visits Bletchley Park

24 October 2014 - Queen sends first tweet

16 July 2015 - library card received during their visit to Chadwell Heath Community Centre

Main image source: "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" by Michael Chu, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0