The Queen of England just sent her first tweet

Will Ello be next?

 

Rob Price

Internet Culture

Published Oct 24, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 8:33 am CDT

This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, just sent her first tweet. The British head of state posted a 136-character message on the social networking platform marking the commencement of a new exhibition at the London Science Museum. Appropriately enough, the exhibition traces the history of technology and communication

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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

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The Queen doesn’t have her own Twitter account. Instead, she made use of the @BritishMonarchy account that has already sent more than 19,000 Tweets.

Her Majesty’s communiqué was immediately followed by another message confirming that the queen had indeed typed the Tweet herself.

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

A photo of this historic message has also been posted.

#TheQueenTweets pic.twitter.com/jz69LOlGcD

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

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The Science Museum immediately thanked Her Majesty for the kind words.

.@BritishMonarchy We’re honoured The Queen chose to open our Information Age gallery by sending her first tweet #smInfoAge #TheQueenTweets

— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) October 24, 2014

The immediate response from some in the Twittersphere, however, was less kind.

@BritishMonarchy Welcome to twitter! Abdicate.

— Spooky Alex Hern (@alexhern) October 24, 2014

Internet, never change.

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Illustration by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2014, 8:17 am CDT