Queen Elizabeth II hits social media, makes her first Instagram post

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Science Museum in London last March 7.

Looks like it’s not just the United Kingdom that Queen Elizabeth II is ruling over, she’s ready to take over social media as well. The long-reigning monarch, for the first time ever, posted on the Royal Family’s Instagram page (@theroyalfamily) which has been running since 2013 with currently around 4.7 million followers to date.

During a visit to the Science Museum in London last March 7, Queen Elizabeth II shared via an iPad a photo of a letter from Charles Babbage to Prince Albert and Queen Victoria (Elizabeth’s great-great-grandparents).

Babbage is credited as the first computer pioneer, and in the letter written in the year 1843 is telling the royal couple about his “Analytical Engine” with programs created by Ada Lovelace.

Queen Elizabeth has been reigning for 67 years as of Feb. 6, and at the ripe age of 92 (her birthday is on April 21) has finally taken part in the Instagram craze. Who knows, maybe we can get a mirror selfie from an actual queen! We’ll settle for her personal message for now, but we hope we’ll get some more IG-worthy photos!

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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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