The Queen for the first time posted a photo on the official royal family Instagram account
The Queen, Elizabeth used an iPad and shared an image of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert which she looked at exhibits in the Science Museum’s summer exhibition.
After sharing the image she was applauded. The museum’s director said it was a “nerve-wracking moment“.
The Queen’s post read: “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.”
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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
The Queen has encountered many technological changes during her long reign.
At the time of her Coronation she was the first to be filmed when television cameras were allowed inside Westminster Abbey in 1953. For the historic event more than half a million extra TV sets were sold in the week.
She has also seen the introduction of Colour television, mobile phones and the internet.
In 1958 she made the UK’s first “trunk call”- a long distance call made within the same country .
During a visit to an Army base in 1976, she was the first monarch to send an email when the technology was in its infancy.
She launched her own channel on YouTube, which she got to know form her grandchildren, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. She also personally uploaded a video to the video sharing site during a visit to Google’s offices in London in 2008.
She posted her first tweet five years ago during her visit to the Science Museum. After the opening of the exhibition she tweeted, “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R”.