The Queen has officially joined Instagram - what was her first post?
7 March 2019, 17:13 | Updated: 8 March 2019, 12:57
The Queen has proved she is still down with the kids by making her first Instagram post.
The 92-year-old monarch shared her first Instagram post on the official Royal Family account during a visit to the Science Museum, to officially open the new Smith Centre and summer exhibition, Top Secret.
Her Majesty was on hand to simply tap an iPad screen, before a gathering of happy guests.
The image she shared was a photograph of a letter written in 1843 to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert from Charles Babbage, who is credited as the world’s first computer pioneer.
The Queen’s post, signed Elizabeth R, said: “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”.
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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 Queen had previously posted her first tweet in 2014 at the Science Museum, though some people wondered whether the actual physical posting was undertaken by someone else backstage.
The Queen also made the first phone trunk call from Bristol to Edinburgh back in 1958, and she was also the first monarch to send an email during a 1976 visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.
More recently, she also uploaded a video to YouTube during a visit to the Google offices in London.
Before you know it, she'll have her own Snapchat.