WASHINGTON (CIRCA via STORYFUL) — Move over, influencers: there is a new queen on Instagram. The real queen.
Queen Elizabeth II shared her first post on the royal family's account Thursday to share insights from her visit to the Science Museum in London. The photo she posted was of a letter written in 1843 to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, from inventor Charles Babbage. The queen's post said that Babbage is credited as being the first computer engineer.
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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
"Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives," the queen wrote. "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."
The queen signed her post, "Elizabeth R."
The royal family's account then shared a video of the moment she posted her first photo.
The royal family doesn't have any individual social media accounts, which many assume is in order to maintain privacy. They recently updated their social media guidelines for fans of their shared account after there were abusive comments on the page about a rumored feud between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.