The Queen often engages with her large fanbase in-person, but she’s never been one for connecting on social media — until now.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II published her first Instagram post to “celebrate a visit” to London’s Science Museum. Shared on the Royal Family‘s official Instagram account, the 92-year-old posted pictures of a letter written to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, from the museum’s archives.
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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
“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,” she captioned the photos.
“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.”
She finished the lengthy caption writing that she “had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives” and that the experience was a fitting reason to publish her first Instagram post.
In a formal fashion, the Queen signed the post “Elizabeth R.” The post currently has over 38,000 likes.
During the Queen’s visit, the museum announced an upcoming exhibit, Top Secret, which explores “over a century’s worth of communications intelligence” through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artifacts from the U.K.’s intelligence archives.
On top of her inaugural posting, photos of the Queen typing her Instagram caption on an iPad were shared to the Royal Family’s story.
Followers of the Royal Family’s page commented that they were excited to see the matriarch learning social media.
“Wow, congratulations! Hope to see more from you in the future. This is an awesome thing,” one wrote.
“Such a groovy granny,” remarked another.
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“Lovely to read and see this,” wrote one follower. “I read the whole thing hearing your voice as I read. What a wonderful, new way to connect with your people!”
Other royal fans were impressed by the monarch’s lack of hashtags, remarking, “Just excellent! And not a hashtag in sight!”
It is unclear if the Queen will be making frequent posts on Instagram, but based on fan reaction, it’s clear that many hope she does.
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