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Queen receives Jubilee digital gift

The Queen has received her first digital gift to mark the Diamond Jubilee and memories from thousands of people worldwide.

The Jubilee Time Capsule, which catalogues 8,000 memories from people across 66 countries over the last 60 years, was presented to the Queen on a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

John Samson, 12, from Malawi, presented the gift to the Queen at the Royal Commonwealth Society and it will be housed in the Royal Collection in Windsor.

John, who won the RCS's Junior Essay Competition, submitted a moving memory of being accepted at a school for orphans after surviving on the streets by begging. He said: "They gave me a new school uniform. It was the happiest day because I had new clothes."

He explained that to meet the Queen he was wearing his first suit and when he presented her with the tablet, he helped her activate the touchscreen.

The project, which attracted entries from more than 37,000 people of all ages, asked people to submit memories of their most special day during the last 60 years. The most popular day was April 29, 2010 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed.

Danny Sriskandarajah, director of RCS, said: "We wanted to bring the Commonwealth to life and to do something cool and digital for the Jubilee. It has been about the Queen but also about the people of the Commonwealth and their lives."

Among the guests was Eric Carter, 92, who was a Spitfire pilot in the Second World War and is now the only surviving member of Force Benedict, which was given the task of protecting the port of Murmansk against German invasion.

Mr Carter, who is a hero in Russia but little known in the UK, explained: "In many ways my experiences during the war shaped my life and I am lucky because I had the opportunity to do so many things and meet so many people.

"I met the Queen on a state visit to Moscow. I told her today that I had met her before in Russia and she looked a bit taken aback."

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