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Queen of England buys iPad 2 after seeing Prince William and Harry's tablets

May 10, 2011 |  3:02 pm

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The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, has bought an iPad 2 after being impressed with the Apple tablets belonging to Princes William and Harry.

The English newspaper the Daily Mail reported the Queen's purchase, which groups her with millions of commoners who also own the devices.

"The 85-year-old monarch is said to have been so impressed with the touch screen device that she immediately ordered staff to buy her one," the Daily Mail said. "She hopes to use the popular computer for long journeys around the country when she is inside the Royal car or train."

William and Harry "think it is hilarious," the report said. "They love the fact that their gran wants an iPad and think she's really cool."

This isn't Elizabeth's first Apple pick-up -- she's had a few iPods since those Apple gadgets were first released to retail, the Daily Mail said.

President Barack Obama gave her an iPod during a visit to London in 2009, the report said.

Apple has said that it sold more than 15 million of the first-generation iPads. The iPad 2, which is lighter and thinner and features front and rear cameras, was released in March.

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Photo: Queen Elizabeth II visits St George's School, on May 6 in Windsor, England. Credit: Arthur Edwards / WPA Pool / Getty Images

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