WASHINGTON: The Queen is on Instagram. Making one wonder if she recently received a Grandpad. While @TheRoyalFamily has been on the social media platform keeping their subjects informed and entertained, this is the first time Queen Elizabeth has posted to the social media platform. And she looks quite lovely in her bright orange ensemble doing it.
The photo was posted by the Queen from her iPad at the Science Museum, UK.
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The Queen writes:
“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.”
Her Majesty seems to be as excited to view this connection to her history as anyone would be.
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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
The Science Museum Exhibit Top Secret
The Queen’s visit to the museum coincides with an upcoming exhibit, Top Secret, which explores “over a century’s worth of communications intelligence.” The exhibit includes hand-written documents, declassified files, and previously unseen artifacts from the U.K.’s intelligence archives.
The Top Secret exhibit will run from July of 2019 through February 2020. From the web site (promotional images all courtesy of the Science Museum website):
“Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition.
From the trenches of the First World War (WWI) to the latest in cybersecurity, Top Secret explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artifacts from the Science Museum Group’s and GCHQ’s historic collections.
Trace the evolution of the gadgets and devices used to conceal crucial messages and to decode the secrets of others. Hear from GCHQ staff doing top-secret work to defend against terror attacks and serious crime and discover the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century.
Explore the story of Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941, uncover spy-craft from 1960’s Cold War espionage and challenge your friends and family to become codebreakers in our interactive puzzle zone.
Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency.”
One can only wonder if Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth will be joining Twitter anytime soon?