During this passed weekend Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip visited RIM’s manufacturing headquarters in Waterloo during a tour of Canada. The Queen was also presented with a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 by RIM founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. You can see then demonstrating its features in the photo above.
The Bold 9700 also included a picture of students from the Queen Elizabeth public school in Kitchener holding flowers as the default wallpaper.
The Queen was at the facility for less than half an hour, apparently the length of time it takes to assemble a BlackBerry, the Waterloo company’s signature product. RIM, which has 14,000 employees worldwide, now makes BlackBerries mainly in Mexico, Europe and South America, said David Yach, the company’s chief technology officer for software. This plant, which employs about 1,600, is where robots assemble new models of BlackBerries “to get the bugs out of them.” He said the Queen is getting a white 9700 BlackBerry. “The Royal Family uses BlackBerries,” he said. “Prince Andrew is the unofficial CIO of the palace. They all know about BlackBerries. We’re very proud that the Queen has chosen to come and visit us here in Waterloo.”
via National Post & Toronto Sun
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