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The Queen has posted her first photo to Instagram, aged 92

Queen Elizabeth II posted her first ever photo on Instagram today, at age 92.

During a visit to the Science Museum, the Gram-savvy monarch used the Royal Family’s Instagram to share a photo of a letter from 19th-century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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This is the second time the Science Museum has seen Queen Elizabeth explore unchartered social platforms, with her first tweet coming from the same place four years ago.

Sadly, Her Majesty’s first Instagram was devoid of any crown emoji. She’s not one for short and sweet captions either; accompanying the image with a long, thoughtful message.

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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

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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.”

Fuck yeah.