You have to hand it to The Queen. At 92-years-old, when many grandparents consider themselves too old to grapple with technology, she is embracing it.
During a visit to the Science Museum in London to launch the new Smith Centre, Her Majesty posted an image to Instagram to @theRoyalFamily in front of a cheering crowd, who got to see, first hand, history being made.
The Instagram pic is actually a photo of another photo — a letter written in 1843 to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer.
Posted earlier today, the caption reads:
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
As The Guardian points out, the Science Museum was also the site of the Queen’s first tweet back in 2014:
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 24, 2014
The Guardian also reminds us that back in 1976, long before anyone knew what an email was, the Queen became the first monarch to send an electronic message during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) in Malvern using ARPANET, which eventually morphed into what we now know as the internet.