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Who says social media is only for the youngsters? Definitely not Queen Elizabeth II.

In what is considered a first in @theroyalfamily, the official Instagram account of the sovereign and other royals, Her Majesty has posted a photo of a discovery while visiting the Science Museum—a letter written in 1843 from the world’s first computer pioneer Charles Babbage to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.

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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. Elizabeth R. PHOTOS: Supplied by the Royal Archives © Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

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

As of writing, the post already has 213, 744 likes and almost 4,000 comments.

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