Google and Historypin launch interactive Diamond Jubilee gallery

13 Mar 2012

One of the images that can be found on the Pinning The Queen's History website

Internet search giant Google has joined forces with Historypin to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee with an interactive online gallery spanning her 60 years on the throne.

Photographs, videos and audio clips pinned directly onto a Google Map on the dedicated Historypin site make up the Pinning The Queen’s History project.

The images are overlaid onto Street View – at the exact location of where an image had been captured – to provide the viewer with the historical image within a modern context.

While images from the Queen’s overseas visits taken by press photographers, and by photographs of items from the Buckingham Palace’s Royal Archives have boosted the gallery’s collection, Historypin is inviting people around the globe to submit photos, videos and other memories of the Queen from her worldwide visits.

“We’d like to collect as many contributions as possible, from individuals and archives all around the world, to help tell the rich history of these visits and celebrations,” a message on the Historypin site reads.

Throughout her six-decade reign, Queen Elizabeth II has made hundreds of visits around the UK and 261 official overseas visits to 116 different countries, wrote Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, London, on the Official Google Blog.

“The interactive gallery is an opportunity for anyone to contribute to and celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on one global platform,” Parsons wrote.