The Queen has posted on Instagram for the first time while on trip to the London Science Museum.
The monarch shared a picture of a letter sent to her great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, on the already established Royal Family account, which has been used in the past to share images of the Queen’s activities by staff.
The account already has 4.6 million followers, immediately elevating her to ‘Instagram Influencer’ status.
In her personal post, she included the message: “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.”
The Queen ended the post with the sign-off ‘Elizabeth R’.
She was visiting the museum to open its summer exhibition, Top Secret, which explores the history of codebreaking since the First World War.
Five years ago, she visited the museum for a similar occasion, and used the opportunity to send her first ever Tweet.