Pinning the Queen’s history

Communities around the world share 1,400 photos and memories of royal visits and celebrations to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Project Description

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, 1953, shared by Mirrorpix

Pinning the Queen’s History


Partner: Buckingham Palace
Funder: Google

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In 2012 it was Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of her reign during which she had made 261 visits to 116 countries across 6 continents. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace invited people around the world to share their photos and memories of royal visits and celebrations in their communities to create an online archive.

What happened?

People from communities around the world added their photos and memories of the Queen to a specially designed area of These included memories of visits by the Queen, and local celebrations of her Coronation in 1953, Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002. People from Tonga to Tobago contributed photos and memories – including Prince William who uploaded a favourite memory of his Gran.

Read more on the blog.

What was created?

A digital archive which received 1,400 contributions of photos, videos and sounds visited by 30,000 people.

Press Coverage

Google and Historypin launch online gallery to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Google Blog, 12th March 2012



Design & Digital

  • Designed the visual identity for the project
  • Built a customised version of  with a bespoke design and landing page
  • Integrated additional features including moderation of uploads, custom timeline and featured tours and collections  
  • Created an animated video of all the places that the Queen had visited

Collections and content

  • Identified and reached out to archives around the world and supported them to contribute photos and videos

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