Queen Elizabeth II had a tour of a new ‘Top Secret’ exhibition at London’s Science Museum recently and she marked the occasion by sharing her first ever Instagram post.
Sharing an image of an 1843 letter written to her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert from a chap named Charles Babbage, the Queen wrote about the letter’s history before expressing her “pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives.”
The 92-year-old Queen sharing a post about coding on Instagram. Now that’s a sentence I did not expect to write.
Today, The Queen has published her first @instagram post on The Royal Family's Instagram channel, to celebrate a visit to the @sciencemuseum
Take a look here https://t.co/fwQKuMiH4H pic.twitter.com/EozHCjqalx
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) March 7, 2019
It’s great that the Queen has finally decided to take the plunge into the depths of Instagram but this has got the GOAT team very curious about something: Has Queen Elizabeth II had a finsta account this whole time?
Sure the Queen may have sent her first “official” Royal Family Instagram post recently, but who’s to say that she hasn’t been on the platform longer than all of us?
And since the topic of Queen Elizabeth’s finsta is one the demands answers, it’s time for one of our serious investigations into the matter.
On the surface, it seems like the Queen has none of those social medias that the kids are using these days. Hell, she signed off her first Insta post with “Elizabeth R” instead of “Queen Lizzy xoxo”. No Insta pro would make such a rookie mistake.
But perhaps that’s what she wants you to think. Perhaps she’s secretly an expert at all this tech stuff and is merely hiding it under the guise of being an elderly person (which she actually is, I suppose.) Here are some bits of evidence we’ve strung together with bits of cotton on a corkboard strongly suggesting that the Queen has a finsta.
She’s historically been pretty tech savvy
While the Queen is (seemingly) late to the whole Instagram and Twitter thing, she’s embraced technology throughout her reign. From when she held the first televised coronation in the Royal Family’s history back in 1953, the Queen has had a bunch of other tech-embracing moments such as:
- Sending her first email in 1976
- Visiting the Google headquarters in 2008, where she and Prince Phillip became super entertained by a YouTube video of a laughing baby
- She became the first monarch to deliver the annual Christmas message by TV in 1957 and recorded the 2012 message in 3D
She is reportedly up-to-date with all the latest gadgets
Unlike most elderly people who have little to no interest in smartphones and tablets, the Queen is up-to-date on the latest gadgets and apparently even has her own personal iPad, laptop, and smartphone, the latter of which is kept fully charged at all times by her personal assistant.
Gotta keep that battery full for some cheeky Instagram lurking.
She reportedly has a uber-secret Facebook profile
While the Queen uses her smartphone for old-fashioned calls and texts (both of which she reportedly loves to do, particularly to Princess Anne), apparently she also has a secret Facebook account though no one is quite sure if it’s under an alias or who she is friends with on the platform.
A Facebook search for Queen Elizabeth II yields nothing but a bunch of fan pages so no luck on that front. Here’s hoping that the Queen isn’t one of those elderly Facebook users spreading fake news around.
Sadly, the Queen isn’t on Twitter so we’ll have to make do with hilarious parody accounts for now.
What do you mean you “wrote off the bloody car”?!
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) January 17, 2019
Let’s gather the facts we know so far:
- She has her own personal devices
- She has her own private Facebook account
- She is interested in technology and almost certainly knows what social media is
While we can’t definitively confirm that the Queen has a finsta, the facts suggest that the possibility of her trawling around Instagram on a fake account is surprisingly high, at least in the 65-75% range.
Seeing as how the Queen has been super private about nearly everything in her life throughout the 92 years she’s been on this green(ish) earth, it is unlikely she’ll spill the secret now. Plus the Queen is human like the rest of us so she has to keep herself amused as well.
So next time you get a weird comment on one of your Insta posts, there’s a slim chance that Queen Elizabeth II is trolling you.