Queen Elizabeth-II makes her Instagram debut

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12 Mar 2019

Instagram bug finally bites Queen Elizabeth II, joins the app

Queen Elizabeth II made her much-awaited Instagram debut last week, delighting her followers.

She was at the London's Science Museum, when she made her first post, in which she shared a letter from Charles Babbage to her great-great grandfather Prince Albert.

In the post she wrote, "Science Museum has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors."

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Queen Elizabeth's first Instagram post announced via a video

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Charles Babbage: Mechanical engineer, father of the computer, mathematician

Charles Babbage: Mechanical engineer, father of the computer, mathematician

For the uninitiated, Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer from England. He is considered as the father of computers.

In the 19th century, he designed the 'Difference Engine', an automatic mechanical calculator.

Prince Albert had the honor to see its first prototype back in 1843.

In his letter to Albert, Babbage presented his invention of the Difference Engine's successor, 'Analytical Engine'.

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Augusta Ada King helped Babbage in shaping up Analytical Engine

Babbage was helped by Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, an English mathematician and writer, in giving shape to the Analytical Engine.

Ada was the first to recognize that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.

As a result, she is sometimes regarded as the first computer programmer.

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Queen was in museum to celebrate the technology of communications

Queen was in museum to celebrate the technology of communications

Back to the Queen, she was at the museum to celebrate technology of communications, and opened Smith Center, a series of evocative rooms and a yard, which was formerly part of a Victorian post office.

She was learning about children's computer coding initiatives, when she found the letter from the Royal Archives.

It was on display in the museum's 'Making the Modern World' gallery.

The Queen joined social media in 2014, posted first tweet

However, the 92-year-old Queen made her first post from the Royal Family's official account and is actually not on Instagram herself. Notably, this is not the first tryst with social media for the Queen. She posted her first tweet way back in 2014.

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Is there any official account on any social media of the Queen?

Asked 2019-03-12 19:03:53 by Vibhore Sharma

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The Queen Elizabeth II does not have any personal (official account). However, everything posted on The Royal Family's official social media handles.

What was the first computer programme?

Asked 2019-03-12 19:03:53 by Pari Sengupta

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The first computer programme was based on Charles Babbage's analytical engine created by Ada Lovelace and was an algorithm for the Analytical Engine to compute Bernoulli numbers.

Who is the first computer programmer of the world?

Asked 2019-03-12 19:03:53 by Aarav Rodrigues

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Ada Lovelace is considered as the first computer programmer.

Did the first computer programme worked?

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It was never tested as the engine never got completed.

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