The Queen shared her very first Instagram post Thursday.
Her Majesty, 92, formally opened the new Smith Centre as she visited the Science Museum in London and shared an archive image on the Royal Family’s Instagram page while she was there.
The Queen, who donned a colourful orange ensemble for the appearance, explained in the caption how she “was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843” to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert.
“In the letter, Charles Babbage [credited as the world’s first computer pioneer] 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.
See her full post below.
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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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As part of her latest royal engagement, the Queen had an opportunity to view iconic communications objects from history, including an Enigma machine and the computer on which the World Wide Web was created.
The royal has long been a supporter of digital communications tools and sent her first tweet during her last visit to the Science Museum back in 2014.