Published 7 March 2019

To celebrate the visit of The Queen to the Science Museum today, Her Majesty formally opened the new Smith Centre by sharing an archive image on the The Royal Family’s Instagram channel.

The Queen posts on Instagram for the first time

Today The Queen posted on The Royal Family’s Instagram account for the first time. 

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.

During a visit to London's Science Museum, The Queen posted an archive photograph of a letter written to Her Majesty’s great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert, by Charles Babbage, who is credited as the world’s first computer pioneer. See the post here.

The Queen has long been a supporter of digital communications tools, and Her Majesty sent her first tweet during the last visit to the Science Museum in 2014.

In a similar act, The Queen launched the first British Monarchy website in 1997.  Her Majesty sent her first e-mail in 1976, during an engagement at a military base.

Her Majesty’s visit to the Science Museum today celebrates the technology of communications. The Queen viewed iconic objects, including an enigma machine, loaned to the Science Museum for Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security by GCHQ. Also on display, Also in the exhibition was the original NeXT computer used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1989.

The Queen visits the science museum 2019

This morning, The Queen was greeted by primary school students participating in an activity with beebots – robots designed for use by young children.

Her Majesty then toured the Smith Centre to meet supporters and employees who will benefit from the new space, which will be used for networking, events and lectures.

The Queen at the science museum 2019

Her Majesty has previously visited the Science Museum in 1938, 1996, 1988, 2006 and most recently in 2014 – when The Queen opened the Information Age gallery, by sending her first tweet.

Find out more about The Queen here.