Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
When she came to the throne, her favourite songs would have been played through a gramophone.

Now, more than 60 years on, it seems the Queen is happy to embrace modern technology by keeping an Apple iPod and docking station in her drawing room at Balmoral.

The 91-year-old monarch's mini sound system was spotted on a side table yesterday as she welcomed Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor-General of Australia, to her Scottish estate.

It may have been the iPod given to the Queen by Barack Obama in 2009 during the president's visit to Buckingham Palace. It is understood she already owned a silver iPod Mini, given to her by Prince Andrew in 2005.

Her staff and grandchildren reportedly download music on to the iPod for her - with the annual Proms concerts understood to be a particular favourite.

Last year, Radio 2 revealed a play list of the Queen's favourite tunes from speaking to those closest to her. Among the list were hymns, songs from musicals including Oklahoma! and Annie, and the pop hit Sing by Gary Barlow.

Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans has claimed that Abba’s Dancing Queen is also one of her favourites.