Although she wasn’t a regular social media user, the Queen did use platforms like Twitter to promote new and innovative technology.
Like the royals that came before her, she embraced technological progress, as you can see from her first-ever Instagram post.
On March 7, 2019, the Queen posted a photograph of a letter from early computer pioneer Charles Babbage sent to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1843.
She shared the photo on ‘theroyalfamily’ Instagram account, which is primarily maintained by staff.
Unlike other posts, this one was signed ‘Elizabeth R.’
In it, she described Babbage’s ‘Analytical Engine’, which ran Ada Lovelace’s first programs.
Lovelace was a mathematician and a daughter of poet Lord Byron. She is often called the world’s first computer programmer.
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The Queen published the post at the Science Museum in London — the same place she sent her first Tweet back in 2014.
This time she was at the museum to learn about initiatives to help children learn how to code.
She wrote: ‘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.’
Queen Elizabeth was not the only royal to use social media platforms like Instagram.
Prince Harry and Meghan regularly updated followers on their activity before the pandemic, providing a glimpse into their meetings with activists, schoolchildren and volunteers.
When Covid-19 hit, they used the ‘sussexroyal’ account to post information and advice on protecting yourself from the disease.
Prince William and Kate have an Instagram account called ‘dukeandduchessofcambridge’, which they use to share images from the events they attend, as well as family milestones like birthdays.
Princess Eugenie regularly posts on the platform on her official account, offering followers an insight into her charity work, as well as personal events like the birth of her sister Beatrice’s baby.