Queen Elizabeth II, 92, Posted Her Very First Instagram Today

Four years after Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet from the Science Museum, the Queen was there again today and posted her very first Instagram.

Queen Elizabeth II Visits The Science Museum
(Image credit: Mark Cuthbert)

Four years after Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet from the Science Museum, the Queen was back at the museum—and posted her very first Instagram. Thank the Science Museum for bringing out Her Majesty's social media savvy.

Elizabeth shared a letter written to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert on the Royal Family's Instagram account. The Queen isn't the type to just caption her Instagrams with emojis either. She instead wrote a long, thoughtful caption about the significance of the letter and tied it into the greater insight she took from her visit there.

"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 started.

"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."

Her Instagram post has only been up an hour, and it already has over 19,000 likes. Did you expect any less when a literal Queen graces Instagram with her presence?

The Queen's 2014 foray into Twitter was also headline-making at the time. In the tweet, the Queen wrote, "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R." It now has over 42,900 likes on the platform.

Alyssa Bailey
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.