Photos: Google’s Royal appointment

Search giant Google home to many innovations today played home to a rather special guest in the form of a visit from the Queen.

Her Majesty and husband HRH the Duke of Edinburgh graced the company's London Victoria headquarters with their presence earlier on today to experience what the company has to offer.

"We were honoured to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to our London office," said Nikesh Arora, president of Google in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "Both the Queen and the Duke took a great interest in our technology and it was wonderful to see the Queen personally upload a video to YouTube."

During their visit, the Queen and the Duke was given a tour and discussion about a range of Google-related topics including search, mobile technology, online advertising and its impact on the economy and Google Earth.

In addition, they were given the opportunity to meet with the top 16 entrants from this year's Doodle 4 Google competition.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.