Britain's Queen Elizabeth II published a post on Instagram on Thursday, at her visit to London's Science Museum, forty-three years after she had sent her first email.
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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
According to a CNN report, instead of opting for the usual popular selfie, she went on to share a letter sent by the 19th-century mathematician and computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert.
She wrote in the post of the official @TheRoyalFamily account, by using an iPad at the museum to send the message, "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".
"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 added to the account's 4.6 million followers.
She even signed the post "Elizabeth R."
The Science Museum too wrote in a comment on the image saying that, "We are honoured that while opening The Smith Centre at the Science Museum Your Majesty shared a post on Instagram for the first time".
"We're thrilled that the image is of correspondence from the Royal Archive between Charles Babbage and Your Majesty's great-great-grandfather Prince Albert about the Difference Engine No.1 on display in our Making the Modern World gallery."
The Queen visited the museum to announce the summer exhibition and unveil a new space for supporters, which is known as the Smith Centre.
Britain's royal family has millions of followers across various official accounts that includes Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Earlier this week there were guidelines issued to social media users after repeated abusive comments had been directed at the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge that appeared on the posts.
The users have been asked to show "courtesy, kindness and respect" while interacting on the online post, threatening to block users and refer users to police in case they failed to do so.
(With IANS inputs)