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The Queen is now on Instagram

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Queen Elizabeth II might be the next big Instagram influencer. Her Majesty made her first ever post to Instagram today while visiting the Science Museum in London. Her post, made from the official TheRoyalFamily account, was a photo of a letter sent to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert from 19th-century mathematician, engineer and computer pioneer Charles Babbage.

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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While the Queen may have made her debut on Instagram today (using an iPad, according to the BBC), she's not a total stranger to social media. She appears on the Royal Family's Instagram account often, she's just never been behind the camera before. She sent her first ever tweet in 2014, also while touring the Science Museum. Queen Elizabeth may be a bit behind in the social media era, but she used to be on the cutting edge of technology. In 1976 she became one of the first heads of state to send an email when she attended a demonstration of ARPANET, a precursor to today's internet.

The Queen's post was made while she was touring an upcoming exhibit at the Science Museum called "Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security." The exhibit, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the UK's intelligence agency GCHQ, will display a century's worth of communications intelligence. Part of "Top Secret" will focus on telling the story of Alan Turing and how he and his team broke the Enigma code used by the Germans to communicate during World War II. "Top Secret" will be available for the public to tour for free starting July 10th.

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