The Queen’s first tweet – Information Age

This morning, I was privileged to witness history in the making – the Queen’s first tweet! The photo is a little blurry but it all happened so fast. The tweet read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. She was at the Science Museum for the opening of the new Information Age gallery.

HM The Queen
As the Science Museum’s director told us, the Queen has quite an interest in science and was the first monarch to send an email, back in 1976. That isn’t a spelling mistake, it really was in 1976! After touring the exhibition with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Before her Majesty arrived, we wandered around the gallery, admiring the different exhibits.

It’s a really interesting gallery, and I’d definitely recommend a visit. You may recognize some of the old phones on display!

There are some great interactive displays – this one is a game where you have to install phone masts in the right parts of London to win.

There are objects from around the world – this is a Cameroon call box.

And of course the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a British phone box!

You are taken on a journey through time, from telephone exchanges:

To the first ever supercomputer:


Right up to the era of the world wide web, invented by Tim Berners-Lee.

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We are so fortunate to have world class museums like this that we can visit for free. As we left, there was a huge queue of children and parents waiting to come in.

The Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD

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  • What an amazing thing to be there for (I love the Queen, I basically want her to be my friend)! I must admit that the Science Museum is never my first choice (the Natural History Museum and its dinosaurs get me every time) but I might have to make some time for it.

    • I’m staggered by the Queen’s stamina, she only sat down briefly and the rest of the time was walking around the exhibition.

  • I had heard about this taking place via the news, which makes it all the more incredible that you were actually there! What an experience!


    • Yes the Science Museum invited all sponsors – we only found out who the VIP guest was a few weeks before the event

  • Lucy

    What an amazing event to be at. Your pictures bought a massive smile to my face Lucy x

    • Thanks Lucy, yes it was a fantastic way to spend a morning! We didn’t know that the Queen would be sending a tweet, it seemed appropriate though

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