Although I don’t think we will be seeing any selfies any time soon … today the Queen joined the world of ‘Instagram Influencers’.  She chose to make her first venture into the world of Instagram with an edgy post about a hand written letter from 1843 to her great-great grandfather Prince Albert (If you have been watching Victoria on PBS’ Masterpiece … yes … that Prince Albert).

The Royal family has recently upped it’s social media game taking on trolls that have been harassing in particular the Duchess of Sussex.  In a rare statement made Monday, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace published guidelines for engaging with the royals via their official channels which read …

“The aim of our social media channels is to create an environment where our community can engage safely in debate and is free to make comments, questions and suggestions,” the statement read. “We ask that anyone engaging with our social media channels shows courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”

How great would social media be if we could all follow those guidelines!  Welcome to Instagram your Majesty … we look forward to seeing a feet on the beach post soon.


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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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