Those desperate to know what message the Queen had to share with the world of social media when she addressed one’s feeds for the first time today, wonder no longer.
The monarch sent her first ever tweet to mark the opening of a brand new information technology gallery at the Science Museum.
Posted at 11:35am to 724,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account, she addressed her social subjects thusly:
“It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”
The account is usually managed by palace officials, who had been tweeting details of HRH’s premiere technological forays in the minutes leading up to the momentous occasion.
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014
“I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology,” Science Museum director, Ian Blatchford, said as he invited the Monarch up to the keyboard.
“You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on 26 March 1976, when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May I now invite you to join me so that you may send your first tweet.”
Removing her glove, she triumphantly keyed in her post in front of 600 guests, which included communication technology experts such as Mo Ibrahim, Professor Steve Furber and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.
The new gallery marks the first in a series of ambitious plans to overhaul the museum.
Queen's Birthday Honours 2014
Queen's Birthday Honours 2014
1/14 Angelina Jolie
Recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours list for exceptional service to Britain overseas as an anti-sexual violence campaigner
2/14 Stephen Sutton
Teenage Cancer Trust charity fundraiser who raised £4 million before losing his battle to bowel cancer last month is awarded an MBE
3/14 Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis will receive a knighthood for services to acting after becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars
4/14 Hilary Mantel
Author Mantel is to become a dame after winning the Booker in 2009 for 'Wolf Hall'
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5/14 Zandra Rhodes
Fashion designer Rhodes is to be made a dame
6/14 Lizzy Arnold
Arnold celebrates winning gold in the women's skeleton competition at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and is awarded an MBE
7/14 Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith is made a Companion of Honour for services to acting
8/14 Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans
Visually-impaired skier Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans are awarded MBEs after winning Britain's first ever gold metal in the Winter Paralympics
9/14 Warren Gatland
Wales rugby head coach Gatland is awarded an OBE for sporting services
10/14 John Barrowman
The man with the pearliest whites in showbiz is awarded an MBE
11/14 Charlotte Edwards
England cricketer Edwards, here with the Women’s Ashes trophy, is awarded a CBE
12/14 Jenny Gunn
Edwards' deputy captain Gunn is awarded an MBE
13/14 Dario Franchitti
Scottish racing driver Franchetti is awarded an MBE
14/14 Cerys Matthews
Singer songwriter Cerys Matthews is awarded an MBE
A mathematics gallery designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid is set to open its doors for the first time in 2016. Presumably by the Duchess of Cambridge using a calculator for the first time.Reuse content