Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Thursday entered the world of social media for the first time when she visited the new Top Secret exhibition at London’s Science Museum.
She marked the opening of the museum’s Smith Centre by sharing an archive image on the royal family’s Instagram account, which has 4.6 million followers at the time of writing this copy.
“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,” the Queen said in the post which she signed off as “Elizabeth R”.
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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Despite the Science Museum being tagged in the post, the Queen did not make use of any hashtags.
The 92-year-old monarch saw a World War Two enigma code machine and the original NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1989.
Queen Elizabeth first toured the Science Museum in 1938 and, during her last visit in 2014, opened the Information Age gallery by sending her first tweet.
Other landmark moments include her uploading a video to YouTube while visiting Google in London in 2008.