Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet

HRH Queen Elizabeth II sent he first ever tweet as she opened a new gallery celebrating the history of communications technology at London’s Science Museum today.

The 88 year old monarch sent her first tweet after removing a glove to type on a touch screen tablet,- It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. She sent it through the official British monarchy account on the social media website.

The Queen tweeted this in front of 600 people gathered and signed-”Elizabeth R”. “Elizabeth R” is how the queen signs official documents. The “R” stands for “regina”, the Latin for queen.
Within minutes of the message being posted it had 1,181 retweets and 725 favourites. The account has 727,000 followers and is usually updated by staff with photographs and videos of the activities of the Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth II on Twitter @BritishMonarchy

Queen Elizabeth II on Twitter @BritishMonarchy

The message was quickly followed by a message posted by staff saying: “The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets” and another using the same hashtag which included a photograph of the Queen composing her tweet.

Most members of the Royal Family do not tweet personally — they are represented by official accounts managed by spokespeople.
Queens - First Tweet on Twitter

The gallery, called “Information Age,” explores the technological breakthroughs that have changed communication.

The Queen was the first monarch to send an email, in 1976, when the technology was in its infancy.

Sharanya Bharathwaj