Queen Elizabeth Just Posted On Instagram For The First Time Ever

The Queen published her first post on Instagram on Thursday during a visit to London’s Science Museum 43 years after she became the first monarch to send an email. Although the monarchy is known for following tradition, the Queen has embraced technology throughout her reign.
Rather than opting for the always-popular selfie as her inaugural update, she shared a letter sent by 19th-century mathematician and computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.
“Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert,”
she wrote in the post on the official @TheRoyalFamily account, using a touch screen iPad at the museum to send the message.
“Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors,”
she added to the account’s 4.6 million followers, she signed the post “Elizabeth R.”

 

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Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert. Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine” upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron. Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. Elizabeth R. PHOTOS: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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The Queen was visiting the museum to announce its summer exhibition and unveil a new space for supporters, to be known as The Smith Centre. Britain’s royal family has millions of followers across various official accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Is it the first time the Queen has shared on social media?

No, actually. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth posted her first tweet, which was also in support of London’s Science Museum.

It read: “it is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

Earlier this week it issued guidelines to social media users after repeated abusive comments directed at the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge appeared on posts.

The family urged users to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” when interacting with its online posts, threatening to block users or refer people to police if they failed to do so.