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October 24, 2014

Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Science Museum gallery opened by Royal tweet from an Elizabeth R.

By Ben Sullivan

The Queen has marked the opening of a new gallery in London’s Science Museum by sending her first tweet.

The first ever tweet by a British monarch said: ‘It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.’

Witness say that the Queen removed a glove to send the tweet from the @BritishMonarchy Twitter account in front of about 600 guests.


Inviting Her Majesty to open the gallery, Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford remarked on how The Queen has harnessed advances in communication technology throughout her reign.

He said to the Queen: "I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology. You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on 26 March 1976, when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May I now invite you to join me so that you may send your first tweet."

The Queen sent her tweet standing in front of the monumental 6-metre high aerial tuning inductor from Rugby Radio Station in the centre of the gallery.

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Information Age, the gallery which was opened today, features more than 800 unique objects from the Science Museum collections as well as state-of-the-art interactive displays to illustrate the dramatic personal stories of those whose lives were changed by each new wave of technology.



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