The Queen posts on Instagram for the first time

The Queen has proved she is in touch with the touch screen by sharing her first ever Instagram post.

The head of the Commonwealth, 92, shared an archive image with 4.6 million followers of the Royal Family’s Instagram account

The Queen passed the social media milestone during a visit to the Science Museum in London.

Rather than opting for a selfie as her inaugural update, she shared a letter sent by 19th-century computer pioneer Charles Babbage to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

She wrote: ‘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.

‘Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and 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.’

She signed the post ‘Elizabeth R.’

During her reign the Queen has encountered a rapidly-changing world of technology, from the advent of colour television to mobile phones and the internet.

Television cameras were allowed inside Westminster Abbey in 1953 to film her Coronation and more than half a million extra TV sets were sold in the weeks running up to the historic event.

When email technology was in its infancy, she became the first monarch to send one of the electronic messages during a visit to an army base in 1976.

The concept of video-sharing website YouTube was explained to her by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie before she launched her own channel on the site in 2007 to promote the Commonwealth and the Monarchy.

Her own website, www.royal.gov.uk, was launched in 1997 during a visit to a school in north-west London.

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