Queen Elizabeth II Shared Her First Instagram PostPublished on March 8, 2019. Updated May 23, 2019
At 92 years old, Queen Elizabeth II proved she can keep up with social media!
The British monarch made her very Instagram post on Thursday, March 7 where she opened up about her visit to the Science Museum in London and shared a picture of a letter sent to Prince Albert from Charles Babbage.
“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 began her post.
“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.”
She concluded, “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,” and signed off with a simple, “Elizabeth R.”
During her visit to the museum, Her Majesty formally opened the new Smith Center and announced the opening of a new exhibit about communications intelligence called Top Secret, which is set to debut this summer. She also watched schoolchildren play with robots and learned about various computer coding programs.
Interestingly enough, the Queen’s post came the same week that in an unprecedented move, the Royal Family had to release guidelines for engaging with the royals via social media. The guidelines were created to “help create a safe environment.”