LONDON – What do Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear have in common? (Hint: It's not a shared love of marmalade.) The answer: Google.
Both the British monarch and the bear from darkest Peru were featured on the google.co.uk home page this week, Paddington on Monday as the second "G" in the company's name, and the Queen's head in the same place on Thursday. A regal crown also sat atop the "E."
Google put the monarch's image into the red, blue and yellow logo spelling the company's name at the top of its UK home page. The illustration — known in the Mountain View, California company's lingo as a "doodle" — celebrates the Queen's visit Thursday to the company's London headquarters. (Paddington was honored for his 50th birthday.)
During the visit, the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, planned to see a demonstration of the company's technology and meet schoolchildren who won a competition to design their own Google doodles.
They were also to meet users of the Google-owned YouTube video Web site. The Queen herself has a presence on YouTube — she launched the Royal Channel in December. There are 54 videos on the channel, which range from the Queen's 1957 Christmas message to a day in the life of Prince Charles.
After their visit to Google, the Queen and Prince Philip planned to host a reception for nearly 600 British Olympians at Buckingham Palace, the monarch's London home.