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The Queen Just Sent Her First Tweet And Everyone Is Freaking Out

It was about opening an exhibition at the Science Museum.

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The British monarchy has had a Twitter account since April 2009, but it wasn't till today that Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet.

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

BritishMonarchy@BritishMonarchyFollow

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

11:35 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The @BritishMonarchy account then sent a follow-up tweet to its 700,000+ followers to confirm that she did actually tweet it herself.

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

BritishMonarchy@BritishMonarchyFollow

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

11:37 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And then tweeted a picture of her actually using her royal hands to type it at the Science Museum in London this morning.

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This man, Chi, was "in charge" of the iPad she used to tweet – leading some to conclude that the monarch just pressed "send" on the tweet rather than typing it herself.

LOVE Chi who was in charge of the @BritishMonarchy iPad + "ones first tweet"

martha lane fox@MarthalanefoxFollow

LOVE Chi who was in charge of the @BritishMonarchy iPad + "ones first tweet"

12:05 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's not the first time the royal family has used Twitter – Prince Charles used the @ClarenceHouse account to announce the arrival of Prince George last summer.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm

Clarence House@ClarenceHouseFollow

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm

8:35 PM - 22 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

And Prince Harry sent his first earlier this year to promote the Invictus Games.

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@InvictusLondonFollow

Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry

9:14 AM - 15 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The queen has always been keen to be seen using new technology – she was the first monarch to send an email, way back in 1976.

In 1976 The Queen became the first Monarch to send an email during a visit to an army base - here it is! #SMInfoAge

BritishMonarchy@BritishMonarchyFollow

In 1976 The Queen became the first Monarch to send an email during a visit to an army base - here it is! #SMInfoAge

9:59 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And she appeared (accidentally) in this tweeted selfie at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! 😄 👑 #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames

Jayde Taylor@_JaydeTaylorFollow

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames

12:24 PM - 24 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But of course, because this is Twitter, it took precisely NO TIME for people to start with the jokes.

As a new Twitter user, the Queen will now forlornly try to start her own hashtag game and attempt to get the attention of Stephen Fry.

SimonNRicketts@SimonNRickettsFollow

As a new Twitter user, the Queen will now forlornly try to start her own hashtag game and attempt to get the attention of Stephen Fry.

11:47 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even the presence of the head of state can't tame Twitter's satirical bent.

The Queen should fit in well on Twitter as both have very little to do with the real world.

Igor Boggleflops@ncgukFollow

The Queen should fit in well on Twitter as both have very little to do with the real world.

11:55 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

That was my "Queen on Twitter" joke, a scathing satirical takedown of honour and privilege. I feel like Russell Brand.

Igor Boggleflops@ncgukFollow

That was my "Queen on Twitter" joke, a scathing satirical takedown of honour and privilege. I feel like Russell Brand.

11:57 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But while a lot of people have no time for the monarchy, a huge number of people on Twitter really, really like the Queen.

God, I know Twitter is all fuck the royal family and all that but I do love the Queen. Properly love her. The nation's strict granny.

@ElliottClarkson@ElliottClarksonFollow

God, I know Twitter is all fuck the royal family and all that but I do love the Queen. Properly love her. The nation's strict granny.

12:01 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Queen wrote a tweet and I love that far more than I ever imagined I would.

Ava Eldred@ava_eldredFollow

The Queen wrote a tweet and I love that far more than I ever imagined I would.

11:56 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@BritishMonarchy @sciencemuseum What a lovely lady u are your majesty, so pleased to be able to follow a wonderful Twitter page.

Chris Grigg@Chris_Grigg1987Follow

@BritishMonarchy @sciencemuseum What a lovely lady u are your majesty, so pleased to be able to follow a wonderful Twitter page.

11:42 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was then the crushing realisation that now the Queen is tweeting, Twitter may well be over.

@scottygb @psmith And the inevitable think pieces 'Is Twitter over now that the Queen is tweeting?'...

Stephen Abbott Pugh@stephen_abbottFollow

@scottygb @psmith And the inevitable think pieces 'Is Twitter over now that the Queen is tweeting?'...

11:41 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There were predictably depressing attempts from social media managers of high street brands to piggyback on the news.

@BritishMonarchy Hey Your Majesty, follow back? #TheQueenTweets

Nando's@NandosUKFollow

@BritishMonarchy Hey Your Majesty, follow back? #TheQueenTweets

12:03 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

John Prescott offered some (rather partisan) advice for the politically neutral monarch.

.@BritishMonarchy @sciencemuseum Welcome to Twitter. Top tip - don't follow @louisemensch. Your timeline will regret it #TheQueenTweets

John Prescott@johnprescottFollow

.@BritishMonarchy @sciencemuseum Welcome to Twitter. Top tip - don't follow @louisemensch. Your timeline will regret it #TheQueenTweets

11:46 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Other subjects wanted to know the answers to the really big questions.

The moment I have been waiting for. I can finally ask the Queen what her favourite chocolate bar is? @BritishMonarchy

Alice May@AliceMay33Follow

The moment I have been waiting for. I can finally ask the Queen what her favourite chocolate bar is? @BritishMonarchy

12:08 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some just wanted a RT.

. @BritishMonarchy Dear Queen, can you RT my @FourFourTwo Ozil article? http://t.co/qq1cdKemf1 #TheQueenTweets

Chas Newkey-Burden@allthatchasFollow

. @BritishMonarchy Dear Queen, can you RT my @FourFourTwo Ozil article? http://t.co/qq1cdKemf1 #TheQueenTweets

12:04 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or a selfie.

@BritishMonarchy TWEET US A SELFIE BABE XXX

-@rhyssuxxFollow

@BritishMonarchy TWEET US A SELFIE BABE XXX

11:50 AM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

People were pretending to retweet entirely made-up tweets, such as this one:

RT @BritishMonarchy How do I block @piersmorgan?

David Bedwell@DavidBedwellFollow

RT @BritishMonarchy How do I block @piersmorgan?

12:04 PM - 24 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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