The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration “Virtual Queen” waving to the public

Holographic Queen touring London

On June 5, 2022, a holographic projection version of the Queen of England appeared on the golden carriage on the streets of London.

Although holographic virtual projection is a new thing, it is now very popular with old-fashioned institutions, such as museums, the art world, the British royal family…

Wait, the British royal family is also playing this 3D Hatsune Miku technology?

Holographic Queen touring London

On June 5, 2022, the last day of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the London float parade, the hologram of the Queen appeared in the royal golden carriage.

Responsible for the technical realization is the London-based film and television production company “Processing Studio”, who took over the concert special effects production of superstars such as Adele and Elton Qiang.

With the assistance of Buckingham Palace staff, the studio placed a digital screen that projected holographic images inside the carriage, and then installed a steel frame custom-made according to the body structure, and the steel frame was covered with developing glass.

In this way, a restored hologram of the Queen from 1953 can be projected on the window glass, allowing the public to revisit the young Queen Elizabeth II.

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

Reason: 96-year-old sick and weak old man tossing

Why do you want to live this whole thing?

The 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne will conclude with Sunday’s “Platinum Jubilee Celebration” float parade, attended by 6,000 performers and nearly 200 celebrities.

But at the start of the week of the celebrations, Buckingham Palace had reported that Queen Elizabeth was “unwell”. Queen Elizabeth II herself was absent from the public church service on Friday and the celebratory horse race on Saturday two days before the float parade.

The “Queen’s Tour in the Royal Golden Horse Carriage”, which must be staged in the float parade, will put the 96-year-old lady even more physically challenged.

The “Royal Golden Coach” was ordered by George III in 1670. After that, every British king took this car at every enthronement ceremony and went to Westminster Abbey in the finale parade.

When the “Royal Golden Carriage” was ordered, it cost 7,562 pounds – equivalent to one million pounds or nearly 8.4 million yuan today.

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

Although this is the case, it is obvious that the public perception outside the car is more than the user experience in the car.

William III once said that riding in this car was “like tossing in the sea”. When Queen Elizabeth II was in her twenties and went to the church to receive her coronation, she had to bring a warm water bag under the seat because it was freezing rain that day.

Now let the 96-year-old sick and weak old lady toss like this, it is really difficult for the strong.

But Sunday is the “Day of Appreciation” for the Platinum Jubilee, which aims to “raise a toast to the Queen’s seventy years of outstanding service to the country and to express their great gratitude to each other.”

The whole people toast the king, and the king cannot fail to perform the duty of attending the ceremony when doing this job.

The final solution was that on the last day of the London parade on the 5th, the Queen did not get on the bus, but the royal family used technology to make a holographic version of the young Queen appear in the carriage to smile and wave to the people along the 3 kilometers.

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

In 2004, the Queen of England made a holographic portrait

But this is not the only time 3D holographic projection technology has been used for this celebration, nor is it the first time it has been used on Queen Elizabeth II.

At the beginning of the celebration, Cultural Assets England holographic projected 8 pictures of Queen Elizabeth II of different ages on Stonehenge, a landmark in the south of England, to pay tribute to the Queen.

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

Back in 2004, artist Chris Levine created a holographic portrait of the Queen. At that time, Buckingham Palace paid £150,000 for him to take pictures and make up a holographic portrait of the royal face.

Chris Levine first took more than 10,000 digital photos of the Queen from different angles, postures and expressions. After the shooting, the Levine team started post-compositing work.

Production was completed a month later, and the finished product was displayed in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. When visitors pass through the exhibition room, they will find that the holographic image of the queen of equal height will continue to stare at themselves from closing their eyes, slowly opening them, and then “turning their heads”.

However, the queen herself is not satisfied. Her evaluation of her holographic royal appearance is: “This looks like an old lady lost in the forest.”

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

Controversy: Is screencasting really holographic?

However, some people said that this flower work cannot be regarded as a real holographic display.

Their rationale is that, in general, a true holographic image can present stereoscopic information of all angles of an object in the air at least without passing through any special medium, and viewing it with the naked eye from any angle is like seeing the real object.

It’s just that the light and video images with the virtual floating effect on the projection screen should not be called “3D holography”. Ordinary projection technology of various theaters can also do it.

For example, Pepper’s ghost, first realized in London theatres in 1862. This technology allows objects to appear and disappear out of thin air, or to morph into other objects, by using a flat surface of glass with a specific light source placed.

The 96-year-old Queen of England enters the Metaverse? Platinum Jubilee Celebration "Virtual Queen" waving to the public

And contemporary with high lumen lighting and powerful CGI technology, so modern Pepper’s illusion can be lifelike, but the principle has not changed in essence.

Pepper’s Vision is actually a pseudo-holographic projection. Because it must be displayed on a fixed projection screen and can only present three-dimensional visual effects from a specific angle to the audience.

References

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2022/jun/05/queen-elizabeth-appears-as-hologram-inside-260-year-old-golden-carriage-video

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2022/06/05/holograms-queen-will-appear-inside-gold-state-coach-jubilee/

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