Queen makes first post on Instagram
LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II celebrated Throwback Thursday with her first-ever Instagram post. The monarch, during a visit to London’s Science Museum, saw a letter written by Charles Babbage to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert in 1842.
Using an iPad at the newly opened Smith Center, the 92-year-old queen shared two images of the note to the Royal Family’s Instagram.
“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,” she wrote in the caption.
“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.”
She signed the post off with her name: “Elizabeth R.”