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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
Back in 2014, Queen Elizabeth II wrote her first tweet. She signed it “Elizabeth R,” for Elizabeth Regina. No one really believed that Queen Liz understood the technology of social media, but it was a charming touch of modernity for the elderly monarch, and it was a popular move. So now, five years later, Liz is doing it for the ‘gram. Buckingham Palace already maintains an Instagram page which is obviously updated with photos and messages from the palace’s communications staff. Somehow, they organized the Queen’s first personalized Instagram (see above).
The personalized message was likely dictated by the Queen, don’t you think? I can’t imagine Elizabeth, with her severely bruised hand, sitting there on an iPhone, typing this out. That being said, Queen Elizabeth II does have an iPad, and she has been seen reading her speeches off it. So maybe she’s more technological than we give her credit for.
Also: I think it’s amazing that her first tweet and her first Instagram both came with trips to the Science Museum. The Queen has been a female STEM icon for a long-ass time.
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 24, 2014
Look at her bright orange coat and hat!! AND THAT BROOCH. #TangerineKween #CorgiLyfe #BitchBetterGetMyBrooch #HatMadness #ScienceMuseum #DoItForTheGram
Photos courtesy of WENN.