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Insta-Monarch: Queen Elizabeth Makes Her First Instagram Post

The Queen composed her first ever Instagram post this morning to share an image of a letter sent to her great-great grandfather, Prince Albert, by computing pioneer Charles Babbage.

She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington today.

The monarch visited the museum to unveil its summer exhibition, ‘Top Secret’ and formally open the new Smith Centre.

To mark the occasion, she wrote her first ever post on Instagram for the official Royal Family’s social media page, and signed it off ‘Eilzabeth R’.

The monarch is visiting the museum to unveil its top currently under wraps summer exhibition, 'Top Secret'.

The Queen was all smiles today as she arrived at an exhibition opening at London’s Science Museum – before composing her first ever Instagram post to mark the occasion

The Queen wrote her first ever Instagram caption (pictured) to mark the visit to the museum

The Queen wrote her first ever Instagram caption (pictured) to mark the visit to the museum

Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert.

Known as a pioneer of the computer, Babbage wrote to Albert in 1843 about his Analytical Engine, a machine which could perform calculations using punched cards and had a memory unit to store numbers.

Standing in the Science Museum’s new Smith Centre, the Queen was applauded after she shared the post on the royal Instagram account which was launched in 2013 and now has 4.6 million followers.

Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert

Using an iPad, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert

She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London's South Kensington this morning

She was met by dozens of cheering children who enthusiastically waved Union Jack flags as she arrived at the Science Museum in London’s South Kensington this morning

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She wrote: ‘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.

The royal wore a distinctly spring-like tangerine orange coat and hat over a green flowered dress. She accessorised with black gloves, her trademark low black heels and a black handbag

The royal wore a distinctly spring-like tangerine orange coat and hat over a green flowered dress. She accessorised with black gloves, her trademark low black heels and a black handbag

The Queen also sported a large brooch, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her makeup was kept light and natural, with a rose-coloured lipstick setting the look off

The Queen also sported a large brooch, a pearl necklace and pearl earrings. Her makeup was kept light and natural, with a rose-coloured lipstick setting the look off

‘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.’

The @theRoyalFamily’s Instagram account was set up in 2013 to share images and content of The Royal Family, their work, family celebrations and anniversaries and to invite interaction from followers across the world. To date, the account currently has 4.5 million followers.

As part of the visit to the Science Museum,  the Queen also viewed iconic communications objects from throughout history, including an enigma machine and the computer on which the World Wide Web was created.

The Queen posted her first ever Tweet during a previous visit to the Science Museum 

 

The Queen posted her first ever Tweet during a previous visit to the Science Museum

The monarch visited the museum to unveil its currently under wraps summer exhibition, 'Top Secret' and formally open the new Smith Centre

The monarch visited the museum to unveil its currently under wraps summer exhibition, ‘Top Secret’ and formally open the new Smith Centre

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen has long been a supporter of digital communications tools, and she sent her first tweet during her last visit to the Science Museum in 2014.

‘In a similar act, The Queen launched the first British Monarchy web site in 1997. Her Majesty sent her first e-mail in 1976, during an engagement at a military base.

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