The Museum of London Royal Timetrip app contains a specially edited and location-specific film collection, narrated by Helen Baxendale (Friends, Cold Feet), which covers a century of royal London life, featuring amongst other iconic events, four royal weddings, two coronations and a funeral.
The app, launched in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, allows iPhone and iPad users to immerse themselves in iconic royal events from London's past and explore the enduring relationship between the British monarchy and the people of London. It is available from the App Store for $1.99 (USD).
Incredible archive footage from the app allows users to connect what they've seen in the past on their TVs at home with London's present day geography. Highlights sourced from a variety of archives such as the BBC, include:
- Princess Diana's wedding debut in front of billions worldwide and the marriage of her son Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011
- Millions crowding the streets of London for the Coronations of the Queen and her father King George VI
- Prince Philip's vows to Princess Elizabeth at their Westminster Abbey wedding in 1947
- Churchill and the royal family celebrating VE day alongside thousands of ordinary Londoners
- Her Majesty the Queen's first public appearance as a baby on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
- After the Oscar-winning film, 'The King's Speech', watch the real King's last speech at the Festival of Britain in 1951
In addition users can explore fascinating images and objects from the Museum of London's vast collections and by interacting with pop up factoids in the app's videos and stills galleries, they can delve deeper into the capital's royal history.
The app also offers two family-friendly games. The unique wedding photo feature enables users to step into the shoes of Britain's most famous Princes and Princesses on their wedding day. The user can then share their entertaining souvenir snaps with their friends. A family tree game challenges the user to place five centuries' of British Kings and Queens in the right order.
Unique Tourism Appeal During London 2012:
If you're lucky enough to be heading to London this month you're likely to see everything that the British monarchy's pomp and pageantry has become world famous for, the streets of the Diamond Jubilee city transformed for the 30th Olympiad, the Royal Family out in force and of course Her Majesty the Queen having fun as a Bond Girl, celebrating this unique year in British history!
The Museum of London Royal Timetrip, an entertaining and informative new app enjoyable on city streets or from the comfort of your home, will immerse you in a century of royal pomp and circumstance, proving the British monarchy has always been one for the crowds. And amazingly, not just for the huge occasions of state like coronations or jubilees. Funerals, the end of war, even the return from an overseas trip, were in times past the excuse for a day off work, a massive parade, cheering, flag-waving and general pageantry, which nowadays only rolls out once or twice a decade.
The Queen's own father, George VI, attracted thousands to his coronation parade in 1937 - only two years after his father's silver jubilee in 1935. Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee procession was the first to be photographed, Indian soldiers lining the route along Piccadilly as the old and tiny Queen waved from the same coach the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge rode home in 114 years later. These and other events in London's rich royal history are explored in the Museum of London Royal Timetrip, which allows you to travel back in time and join in these celebrations.
Some might argue that of course previous generations would turn out in their thousands to watch a bit of pomp since they didn't have televisions or iPads to distract them, but there seems to be some particularly deep, personal and intimate connection between the people of Britain and their monarch, which defies fashion or the advance of technology. We want to see our King or Queen. We no longer crane our necks to catch a glimpse through paper periscopes or mirrors taped to wooden sticks, now we use our iPhones and digital cameras to get our heads above the crowd. But the appetite for taking part in these great acts of national theatre and participating in these scenes of living history, endures from generation to generation.
Perhaps we also, just a little bit, secretly wish we knew what it felt like to be them - if only for a day.
Bringing The Past To Life In Your Hands:
Explore Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and other key royal sites through an interactive map highlighting London's iconic royal landmarks which drives you to galleries of stills and video content. Enjoy 40 minutes of high quality specially edited clips organised by date, with optional pop-up factoids to explain more of what you're seeing.
Dig deeper for more info on fascinating objects and images from the Museum of London's vast collections, which can be pinched and expanded for deeper visual immersion. Links on each image take the user directly to the Museum's online collections site. A family tree game tests your knowledge of the British royal family with portrait tiles to drag and drop in the correct order and facts for every correctly placed monarch. And the unique photo feature allows users to place themselves into iconic royal moments.
Museum of London Royal Timetrip, the interactive way to explore the city's royal past, is now available worldwide in the iTunes App Store.
Museum of London Royal Timetrip 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.