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Queen Elizabeth makes first Instagram post

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made the first post on Instagram on the Royal Family account having 4.7 million followers.

In her first Instagram post, Queen Elizabeth posted a letter promoting the Science Museum in London. The image was a letter from the 19th- century inventor and Mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The post read: “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 and innovation, and inspired the next generation of inventors.”

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The post was signed “Elizabeth R.” The R in her signature stands for her title Regina which a Latin word for Queen. Queen Elizabeth uses social media seldom, records suggest she used the social media platform of Twitter to promote the London’s Science Museum.

She tweeted, “it is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

She is also known to be the first monarch using email forty-three years ago. She sent this message during a visit to an army base: “This message to all arpanet users announces the availability on arpanet of the Coral 66 compiler provided by the GEC 4080 computer at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, Malvern, England.”