The Queen opens Science Museum exhibition with her first-ever tweet

Saqib Shah
October 24, 2014

Queen Elizabeth II has officially entered the information age by taking to Twitter to post her first-ever Tweet.

The momentous act formed part of her visit to a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London that chronicles the history of innovation in communication over the past 200 years.

In the past, the monarch would have unveiled a plaque to open an exhibition, but a Tweet is definitely more fitting for an event that details the history of technological innovation in the field of communication.

Her tweet read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the Science Museum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

The Queen showed that she’s down with the kids by using appropriate Twitter handles in her first tweet broadcast via the @BritishMonarchy official account. The picture below shows her typing out the 140-character sentence on a tablet.

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One knows how to tweet!

In the space of just half-an-hour, The Queen’s first tweet has already been re-tweeted 2,000 times and favourited 1,300 times by the official British Monarchy account’s 727,000 followers.

The Information Age exhibition at the Science Museum contains over 800 historical objects related to communications, encompassing everything from the telegraph to satellites and mobile phones. The exhibition’s curators painstakingly assembled its contents over the past several years at cost of over £15 million.

At the center of the exhibition lies the mammoth radio tuner that powered Rugby Radio Station and was once the most powerful aerial inductor in the world.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s tour of the site included conversations with individuals who witnessed her coronation on television in 1953, exemplifying the radical progress of communication during the monarch’s 61-year reign.

Whether we will now see the Queen taking to Twitter more often to share her thoughts on topical situations is open to debate. We’d love to find out what kind of music she listens to in the morning or her thoughts on the state of hip-hop in 2014. In the meantime, you can check out what form her Twitter output could, and definitely should, take via this parody account.

About the Author

Saqib Shah

Tech/gaming journalist for What Mobile magazine and website. Interests include film, digital media and foreign affairs.

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