It’s official, Queen Elizabeth II is now on Instagram. That’s right, Britain’s longest reigning monarch is now an active participant on social media. Keep reading to learn about the queen’s first Instagram post.
What are the royal family’s Instagram accounts?
The British royal family has a few Instagram accounts. One with the handle and page name, Clarence House, which covers “photos and videos about the life and work of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall,” the page’s bio says. This page has approximately 632,000 followers.
The other is Kensington Palace, which has the Instagram handle of “@kensingtonroyal.” This page has 7.1 million followers and primarily focuses on Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle.
The royal family recently published social media guidelines as part of a larger effort to protect the family. This came as a result of the harassment Markle received online.
Oftentimes there are videos and photos of them as they perform the functions of their jobs as working royals.
The third account is named The Royal Family. This one has 4.6 million followers with a bio that reads “Photos and videos about the work and activities of The Queen and the Royal Family.”
This account follows 26 other Instagram accounts, including National Geographic, the other royal family accounts mentioned above, and a number of charities, museums, and sports teams.
This account, The Royal Family Instagram account, is where Queen Elizabeth II made her Instagram debut today.
What did the queen’s first Instagram post say?
Today, the queen visited the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, England. Her first Instagram post highlighted a letter to Prince Albert, the queen’s great-great-grandfather, from Charles Babbage, the “world’s first computer engineer,” according to her majesty’s post.
The queen ended her first Instagram post by saying in the caption, “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 signed off the caption with “Elizabeth R.”
Here is the caption in its entirety:
“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.”
Along with the queen’s caption were two pictures of the letter from the Royal Archives. In her first post, the queen used Instagram’s slideshow feature. Color us impressed.
The Science Museum commented on the queen’s post shortly after the post went live. “We are honoured that while opening The Smith Centre at the Science Museum Your Majesty shared a post on Instagram for the first time,” the Science Museum said in a comment on the picture.
“We’re thrilled that the image is of correspondence from the Royal Archive between Charles Babbage and Your Majesty’s great-great-grandfather Prince Albert about the Difference Engine No.1 on display in our Making the Modern World gallery.”
There’s a video of the queen publishing her first Instagram post
If the queen posting to Instagram for the first time wasn’t enough excitement for one day, the royal family account blessed us with even more content.
Shortly after the queen’s first Instagram post was published, the page posted a video of the queen publishing her first Instagram post.
Donning her signature bright colors, this time in a burnt orange coat and hat, the queen stood at a podium at the Science museum and posted the letter and her caption to Instagram. Let’s hope the queen one day goes live on Instagram to give her Christmas address.
When did the queen first tweet?
The Science Museum is where the queen did her first tweet in 2014, according to People. She sent her first email in 1976 and set up the royal family’s first website in 1997.