Queen Elizabeth II of the UK recently posted her first pictures to Instagram on Thursday to celebrate a new exhibit at the U.K.’s Science Museum.
According to NBC News, Queen Elizabeth II posted two images to the royal family’s account, aptly named The Royal Family.
The Queen posted a letter written by Charles Babbage, “credited as the world’s first computer pioneer,” to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert in 1843.
The queen reportedly made the post from an iPad to the official Royal Family Instagram account, which has 4.6 million followers (watch the moment she actually posted the post by scrolling down).
According to the museum, the monarch visited the Kensington museum to announce a new exhibition, called Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security, which explores Britain’s use of technology in national security “with world-changing consequences over the last 100 years.
“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,” the queen wrote in her post.
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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
Sir Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum Group, told NBC that it is always a pleasure to welcome the queen to the museum.
“It is always a pleasure to welcome her majesty to the Science Museum, and I am delighted that HM the queen has taken the opportunity to post on Instagram for the first time and announce Top Secret,” he said.
The queen’s grandfather King George V officially opened the Science Museum in 1928, and she first visited a decade later, according to the museum. Elizabeth’s first tweet ever was sent in 2014 to celebrate the opening of the museum’s Information Age Gallery.