15 March 2019 18:00
On a visit to the Science Museum, Her Majesty formally opened the new Smith Centre by sharing archive images on The Royal Family Instagram account. The account was set up in 2013 to share images and content of The Royal Family, their work, family celebrations and anniversaries and to invite interaction from followers across the world. Touching an iPad screen, she shared an image on the official royal family account of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert. It was captioned: "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.
Posting the letter to Prince Albert from Charles Baggage, she signed off the note Elizabeth R. The Queen had earlier arrived at the Science Museum to the delight of hordes of school children. She wrote on Instagram: "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. Queen visit: The Queen had her gloves on as she arrived at the museum Standing in the Science Museum's new Smith Centre, the Queen was applauded after she shared the post on the royal Instagram account which was launched in 2013 and now has 4.6 million followers. Her majesty has always tried to embrace technology and did so on her last visit to the famous London museum. The tweet read: "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. The Queen is greeted by delighted school children as she arrives at the Science Museum The Queen has overseen rapid technological change during her reign The longest reigning British monarch has encountered a rapidly-changing world of technology from the invention of colour television to mobile phones and the internet. The Queen also became the first monarch to send an email - during a visit to an Army base in 1976. How Oath and our partners bring you better ad experiences To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. For example, when you search for a film, we use your search information and location to show the most relevant cinemas near you. We also use this information to show you ads for similar films you may like in the future. Like Oath, our partners may also show you ads that they think match your interests. Learn more about how Oath collects and uses data and how our partners collect and use data. Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads. Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products. Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices. The Queen has proved she is in touch with the touch screen by sharing her first Instagram post in the latest personal technological milestone of her lengthy reign. The 92-year-old monarch shared an archive image to the 4.6 million followers of @theRoyalFamily's Instagram account during a visit to the Science Museum to formally open the new Smith Centre and summer exhibition, Top Secret. The image was a photograph of a letter written in 1843 to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert from Charles Babbage, credited as the world's first computer pioneer. The Queen's typed post, signed Elizabeth R, said "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". It was at the Science Museum that the Queen first demonstrated her Twitter skills by posting her first tweet in 2014 – though there was some speculation that the actual physical posting was executed through the nimble fingers of a royal flunkey standing nearby. And long before the world wide web invaded every home, she became the first monarch to send an 'email' during a 1976 visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) in Malvern using ARPANET, the computer network which eventually morphed into the internet. More recently, she uploaded a video to YouTube during a visit to the Google offices in London, one year after she launched the first official British royal family channel on YouTube.