The Queen writes an Instagram post for the first time and royal fans are thrilled

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While Instagram is very popular with the younger generation, this week the Queen has proven it can be enjoyed by all ages as she posted her first ever Instagram message.

The 92-year-old was visiting the Science Museum in London on Thursday, when she posted for the first time on the photo-sharing social networking service, Instagram.

The post appeared on the official Royal Family Instagram page.

Using an iPad to publish her post, The Queen wrote about a letter that had been written to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert.

The Queen 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.

'Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the “Difference Engine”, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843.

'In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the “Analytical Engine” upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.

'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 even signed off the message writing, 'Elizabeth R.’The R stands for ‘Regina’ which is Queen in Latin.

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Excited royal fans shared their love and support for the Queen’s first Instagram post.

One person said, ‘Queen Elisabeth you’re great!’ while another person said, ‘Wonderful to see the first message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Look forward to many more.’

A final person said, ‘Age is no barrier to instagram! Congratulations Your Majesty.’

A video of the Queen sharing the post was shared on the Royal Family Instagram page.

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While the monarch's royal engagements are communicated to the public via her official social media channels, it's very rare that the Queen herself has any involvement with them - instead employing a team of digital staff to work on her communications.

But we're already looking forward to the Queen's next post!

Rachel Howatson is a digital writer who works across a range of publications. Whatever your passion, whether it’s hillwalking, cooking, gardening, running, socialising or even sleeping, she'll likely have written about it.