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Her Majesty is reportedly a big fan of musicals, traditional hymns, and the Beach Boys.

Meghan Overdeep
September 27, 2017

For a 91-year-old symbol of a bygone era, Queen Elizabeth is pretty tech savvy. Don’t believe it? There’s solid photographic evidence.

A seemingly innocuous photo of the Queen receiving General Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General of Australia, at Balmoral Castle last week has gotten quite a bit of attention due to one seemingly insignificant detail. If you look closely, you can see a little silver iPod standing unassumingly in a speaker dock in the background. That’s right: there’s an iPod in the Balmoral drawing room.

And that’s only the half of it. As Vogue points out, her majesty actually owns two of the music storage devices, including one given to her by the Obamas back in 2009 that was stocked with songs from The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, and Oklahoma!

"The Queen is a big fan of musicals, traditional hymns, and Scottish ballads, and even the Beach Boys’ songs, especially ‘California Girls,’" royal biographer Ingrid Seward told Vogue.

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Maybe it’s just us, but there’s something about the thought of the Queen grooving to the Beach Boys in her castle that makes us love her even more.