Move over Beyoncé; there’s a new Queen on Instagram and this time she most definitely has earned her title. The actual Queen, Queen Elizabeth has officially joined the image sharing social media platform and has shared her first Instagram picture. The Queen is an Instagrammer.
While the official Instagram account for the royal family, @theroyalfamily, has been active since 2013 and has been sharing information and pictures of the royal family throughout their various public appearances and family celebrations, today marks the Queen’s first official personal post.
Signed Elizabeth R., the Queen posted a picture of a letter written by Charles Babbage, "credited as the world’s first computer pioneer," that was written to the Queen's own great, great grandfather, Prince Albert in 1843, according to the Royal Family Facebook page. "Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested in discovering a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert," the Queen began her post. She went on to explain the significance of the letter before signing off about how the event was the perfect opportunity for her very first Instagram post.
"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."
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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
Video of the Queen pressing “share” and posting the image to Instagram in front of an adoring audience during Her Majesty's visit to the Science Museum in London was posted as well to commemorate the occasion.
The Queen isn't the first of the Royal Family to be bitten by the Instagram bug. While the Royal Family Instagram account posts pictures of all the various family members as they attend official engagements and celebrate family events, there is also an official account for Kensington Palace which gives you all the information you need to know about The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William, and Kate, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry, and Meghan.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York also has is own official account, as does the future King, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla who have their official engagements documented under the Clarence House Instagram page.
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The Prince of Wales, President of @rcmlondon, presented awards at the college’s annual ceremony today. The Royal College of Music provides musical education and professional training for performers, conductors and composers. HRH also toured the college’s new Performance Hall, which is currently under construction.
Meghan Markle did have a personal Instagram page prior to her engagement to Prince Harry, but that was quickly taken down when the two became serious.
While all the Royals have dedicated social media staffers posting on their behalf and ensuring that the comments posted are respectful and appropriate, it's lovely to see the Queen partaking in a bit of Instagramming herself. Hopefully, there will be more posts signed Elizabeth R. in the future!