Queen Elizabeth II, 88, sends first tweet
Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet, becoming the oldest monarch to do so.
Her tweet, sent through the @BritishMonarchy account, heralded the launch of a major new exhibition at London’s Science Museum.
The message, which went out at 11:35am to 724,000 followers of the @BritishMonarchy account, read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”
Three years in the planning, the exhibition is one of the most ambitious projects the museum has undertaken. Alongside historic objects, visitors can enjoy interactive experiences. The Information Age gallery, opened by the Queen this morning, takes visitors on a journey through the history of modern communications from the telegraph to the smartphone.
There is the first transatlantic telegraph cable which connected Europe and North America, the broadcast equipment behind the BBC’s first radio programme in 1922, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer, which hosted the first website.
The Queen, 88, has shown great adaptability to changes in technology. She delivered her first televised address in 1957 and was the first monarch to send an email in 1976.