Historic traditions and modern technology came together in a symbolic way today: Queen Elizabeth II just sent her very first tweet!
The British matriarch tweeted via the @BritishMonarchy account (and looked mighty endearing while doing so, we might add) at the opening of the "Information Age" exhibition at London's Science Museum. Her 136-character message expressed hope that "people will enjoy visiting" and she signed it as "Elizabeth R."
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014
The curious initial actually stands for "regina," which is Latin for queen, and it is how Her Majesty the Queen signs official documents.
For Twitter users who were not at the event to witness the queen remove her glove to type out her tweet on an iPad, the @BritishMonarchy account quickly confirmed that the message was indeed written by Queen Elizabeth:
Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry— Invictus Games 2014 (@InvictusLondon) May 15, 2014