The British are so ... so ... royal. Thanks for the proclamation :
"According to Microsoft, by the end of 2005, virtually all new
server class machines will be 64-bit. The company predicted that
most new PCs and workstations will be 64-bit by the end of 2006.

The launch of Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition at the event marked the start of the
mainstream hybrid 64- and 32-bit computing platform known as x64."

 

BTW, my boss is British. Don't know about the royal thing though.