She might not be posting beach selfies and hot dog legs, but the Queen has finally jumped on the Instagram bandwagon. On Thursday, she posted her first-ever photo on Instagram after a visit to London’s Science Museum. There, she viewed a letter written to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert from Charles Babbage, the world’s first computer engineer. Perhaps inspired by Babbage’s historic technological contributions, the Queen took to Instagram to commemorate the visit.
In her caption, the Queen wrote, “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.”
Although the Royal Family’s Instagram account was created in 2013, Queen Elizabeth has never personally posted anything until now. Fans of the Royal Family are overjoyed by the Queen’s emergence on the social platform, expressing their delight in comments on her picture.
“Gotta love Liz getting on Insta in her 90s,” said one commenter. “This is revolutionary for us Brits,” said another, “I mean the Queen posted on Instagram. Can’t get any better than that.”
In a statement to INSIDER, a spokesperson for the Royal Family said, “To celebrate the visit of The Queen to the Science Museum, Her Majesty formally opened the new Smith Centre by sharing an archive image on the @theRoyalFamily’s Instagram account.” The statement added that the Queen has “long been a supporter of digital communications tools,” pointing out that she launched the first British Monarchy website back in 1997, and even sent her first email in 1976.
If you expect the Queen to become an influencer and start posting staged pictures of herself standing precariously atop waterfalls in Yosemite, however, you’ll probably be disappointed.