Our favorite member of the Royal family, the Queen has made her debut on social media by sharing an image and personal message that reaches almost 4.7 million Instagram followers. Given the captivation and curiosity that surrounds Britain’s royal family, the multimillion following seems almost justifiable.
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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
Considering we are ardent followers of the Royal family, it’s safe to assume that this is the first time the monarch has shared a post on social media; usually, the posts are from a more generalized perspective.
The Queen posted an image of a letter, from 19th-century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, to help promote the Science Museum in London.
Uncommon in 99% of posts from the Royal family’s Instagram account, the post was signed as Elizabeth R. Amusingly enough, Instagram commented on the post saying “yes queen” with a crown emoji, recognising the monarch’s post.
The Royal family’s Instagram account was initiated only in 2013, in a bid to evolve and keep with modern times, a move saluted by many.