Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Updated: 2014-10-24 19:49


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Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum, in London October 24, 2014. The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. [Photo/Agencies]

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet - and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."

The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London's Science Museum Friday.

The queen removed a glove to type on a touchscreen tablet, writing "I hope people will enjoy visiting" the exhibition. She sent it through the official British monarchy account on the social media website, as some 600 guests looked on.

Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R' 

Most members of the royal family do not tweet personally _ they are represented by official accounts managed by spokespeople.

The gallery, called "Information Age," explores the technological breakthroughs that have changed communication.

The queen was the first monarch to send an email, in 1976 when the technology was in its infancy.