Queen Elizabeth II posts on Instagram for the first time

Queen Elizabeth II published her first post on Instagram during her visit to London’s Science Museum on Thursday.

The Queen shared a letter written in 1843, sent by 19th-century mathematician and computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert; her great-great-grandfather.

“Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”. 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.

“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,” she wrote in the post on the official @TheRoyalFamily account.

“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 added.

She signed the post, “Elizabeth R.”

The post has received nearly sixty five thousand likes.

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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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