Queen Elizabeth posts on Instagram for the first time.
Move over Kardashians, social media has a new influencer; Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen published her first ever Instagram post today during her visit to the Science Museum in London, just 43 years after she sent her first email.
She didn’t go for a selfie, but instead opted to share a letter sent by 19th-century mathematician and computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.
The Queen accompanied the photo with a post.
“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 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
The Science Museum responded to the photo; “We are honoured that while opening The Smith Centre at the Science Museum Your Majesty shared a post on Instagram for the first time.”
“We’re thrilled that the image is of correspondence from the Royal Archive between Charles Babbage and Your Majesty’s great-great-grandfather Prince Albert about the Difference Engine No.1 on display in our Making the Modern World gallery.”
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.
Earlier this week, the Royal family issued a set of social media guidelines to encourage users to show ‘courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities’.
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