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OMG: HM the Queen gets a BlackBerry

TORONTO – The Queen is receiving a virtual bouquet of flowers on her new BlackBerry following an exploration of Canadian technological advancements.

She’s visiting Research In Motion where Mike Lazaridis, the high-tech company’s co-founder, presented her with a personalized BlackBerry.

The high-tech gift included an image of children from Queen Elizabeth Public School in Kitchener, Ont., offering flowers, a traditional greeting for the monarch.

The Queen wore a white smock over her butter-yellow outfit for her tour of the RIM facility in Waterloo, Ont., to see how the ubiquitous gadgets are made.

But she kept her hat, a matching yellow hat with multicoloured ribbon and lavender brim.

The Queen will return to Toronto this afternoon to visit a 3D film production facility.

Tonight, the royal couple will attend a dinner hosted by the federal government and the Queen will give her fourth and final speech of her 22nd Canadian tour.

Prince Philip will also be presenting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a program that encourages youth to participate in community service, among other areas.

Pinewood Toronto Studios is Canada’s largest film and television production complex, with seven sound stages and more than 23,000 square metres of production space.

Monday’s schedule takes the Queen, 84, and Prince Philip, 89, from 10 a.m. to about 9 p.m.

So far the royal couple has also visited Halifax, Ottawa and Winnipeg on their nine-day Canadian tour. They head for New York after leaving Toronto on Tuesday.

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