The Queen makes her very first Instagram post

By Meaghan Wray

Having become queen at the young age of 25, Queen Elizabeth II has seen many societal changes as she's grown up on the throne – including the relatively recent invention of social media! Though the 92-year-old doesn't have an Instagram account of her own, she took charge on Thursday (March 7) and made her very own personal post for the first time on @theroyalfamily.

While visiting the Science Museum, the monarch stopped by the Royal Archives and stumbled upon a handwritten note from 1843 by her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert. She shared a snap of the note, detailing some of its history: "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."

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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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She continued: "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 finished the note off by signing it "Elizabeth R." – and according to royalty.nu, the last initial stands for "Regina" meaning "queen," though Regina is not one of her given names.

The Queen dazzled in orange. Photo: © SIMON DAWSON/AFP/Getty Images

Ever the social butterfly, the Queen spent time chatting with museum officials and likely learning about some of the scientific history of the country. She looked absolutely lovely in a bright orange coat and matching hat, wearing a green patterned dress underneath and black shoes, gloves and her trust handbag for the day out in London. Naturally, she had quite a few fans waiting to catch a glimpse of her, who were likely just as thrilled to see her personal post on Instagram. The Queen often chooses to wear bright colours so her well-wishers can easily spot her, Sophie Wessex explained in the documentary The Queen at 90: "She needs to stand out so people can say 'I saw the Queen.'"

The Royal Family, of course, has a team who manage their social media accounts. Once Duchess Meghan was officially linked to Prince Harry, she had to shut her own Instagram account down. However, there are a few British royals who have their own accounts – Princess Eugenie manages her own account, on which she posts many of her charitable engagements. Sarah Ferguson, the mother of Princesses Beatrice (who reportedly has her own secret account) and Eugenie, has her own, too.

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