Queen submits first Instagram post

Posted on March 11, 2019


The Queen has become the world’s latest social media influencer, after making her debut on photo-sharing platform Instagram.

During a recent visit to the Science Museum, Queen Elizabeth II posted a photograph to the Royal Family’s Instagram account, much to the delight of her subjects. She was browsing round the museum’s summer exhibition, which is entitled ‘Top Secret’.

The British monarch used an iPad to upload to the social site, and shared an image of a letter from the Royal Archives. The director of the museum, who was showing her round the exhibition described the event as “a nerve-wracking moment.” Her post can be seen below:

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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. Elizabeth R. PHOTOS: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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At the time of writing, the post had amassed over 235,000 likes and over 4,300 comments. The Royal Family account (@theroyalfamily) has follower base of 4.8 million. The post tagged the Science Museum in the photo, but Her Majesty thought best not to use any hashtags on this occasion.

Some Instagram users could not contain their excitement and delight that the Queen had uploaded to the social media site. Many of the comments left on the post reflect this.

As Britain’s longest reigning monarch, the Queen is not unfamiliar with technology and is usually up-to-date with the latest technological changes. Her Coronation was a signal of this, as it was the first to be filmed when television cameras were given permission to record inside Westminster Abbey in 1953. This prompted over half a million televisions to be sold in the lead-up to the historic event.

Her reign has also seen the introduction of colour televisions, the internet, and mobile phones. In 1976, during a visit to an army base, she sent an email when the technology was still being developed and in its infancy, making her the first monarch to do so.

This is not the first time that the Queen has used social media. Back in 2007, her grandchildren, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, explained and demonstrated the concept of video sharing site YouTube to her, which resulted in her later launching her own YouTube channel.

One year later, Her majesty personally uploaded a video to YouTube when she was visiting Google’s London offices. Following this, in 2014, the Queen became active on microblogging site Twitter*, tweeting for the first time during another visit to the Science Museum, where she was opening an exhibition.

Now that the Queen is up to date with Instagram, surely it can’t be long until she’s Snapchatting and broadcasting live on various platforms?

Alan Littler

Account Executive at Engage Web
Drawing from a broad pool of experience that ranges from university studies in English Language to his work as a medical receptionist in a busy GP practice, Alan fits right at home as Engage Web’s Account Executive.

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