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Queen Elizabeth Posted on Instagram for the First Time, Featuring a Letter to Prince Albert

A crowd applauded as she tapped an iPad to publish it.
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    At 92, Queen Elizabeth is still trying new things. Her latest experimental foray? Into the wild, wild world of Instagram.

    To great fanfare, Queen Elizabeth has published her very first post on the platform today. She was visiting the Science Museum, to celebrate the opening of a new center at the institution as well as a summer exhibition, "Top Secret," about technology and covert intelligence. The Queen channeled that theme in her post, choosing to feature an 1843 letter from computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Prince Albert.


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    Queen Elizabeth at the Science Museum

    In the accompanying caption, the Queen took the time to explain the document's historical context. "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," she wrote.

    "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." She signed the post "Elizabeth R," as she would in an analog note.

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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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    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

    A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) on

    The Guardian noted that, in front of an adoring crowd, the Queen tapped an iPad to officially send the post into the world. And for anyone unsatisfied with the intangible nature of the digital message, a physical version of the post was also on display to commemorate the momentous occasion.

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    The physical version of the Instagram post

    *This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

    *Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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