Queen Elizabeth II Publishes Her 1st Instagram Post

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Forty-three years after she sent her maiden email, Queen Elizabeth II has posted her first Instagram message.

Her Royal Highness was visiting London's Science Museum Thursday, decked out in a bright orange hat and coat, when she came across an ancient letter to Prince Albert, her great-great-grandfather.

The missive was written in 1843 by Charles Babbage, a 19th-century computer and mathematician who designed the "Difference Engine," which Prince Albert saw as a prototype that same year.

"In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention ... 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."

The queen signed her post, "Elizabeth R."

She published it by hitting a button on a tablet.

The royals have been dealing with social media a lot lately. Earlier this week, representatives of the family issued guidelines to internet posters after abusive comments targeting Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton began appearing.

Users are told to show "courtesy, kindness and respect," when posting to the family's social media accounts. Those who fail to do so will be blocked or referred to the police.


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