The Queen made history last week when she sent her very first tweet from the @BritishMonarchy account at the opening of the Information Age exhibition at the Science Museum. She signed off ‘Elizabeth R.’ (the ‘R’ stands for Regina, which is Latin for Queen, and is how the Queen signs off official documents).
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
Her foray into social media sent the Twittersphere into a frenzy, with #TheQueenTweets filling up our timelines. It’s unlikely there will be a regular stream of updates from Her Majesty, as one representative suggested she didn’t actually type the tweet herself, and merely pressed ‘Send’. But if you need a dose of royalty in your Twitter feed, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some Royals who Tweet from around the globe…
Officially: Prince Andrew, Duke of York (the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) Twitter bio says: The official Twitter account for the Duke of York. Tweets sent by HRH are signed – AY. The Grand Old Duke of York is no stranger to social media, with 1,548 tweets sent from his official account and a massive 55,000 followers. It’s worth noting, though, that only a handful are signed ‘AY’ and therefore sent from the Duke himself – we presume he has ‘people’ to send the rest. Typical tweet:
The Duke is in China visiting the Beijing campus of Harrow School and meeting Chinese technology entrepreneurs — The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) October 24, 2014
Officially: Princess Beatrice of York (daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York) Twitter bio says: The Twitter account for Princess Beatrice The Duke of York’s eldest daughter Beatrice has been tweeting since 2011, racking up 20,000 followers – but she doesn’t tweet too often, with only 25 tweets listed on her account. Typical tweet:
Officially: Queen Rania of Jordan, Rania Al Abdullah Twitter bio says: A mum and a wife with a really cool day job… Queen Rania took to Twitter back in 2009 and trumps the British royals with her 3,000,000 followers. A lot of her tweets are in Arabic – but don’t worry if you don’t read Arabic, there are plenty of pictures and some English translations. Typical tweet:
Officially: Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway (wife of Crown Prince Haakon, the future King of Norway) Twitter bio says: Proud mother of three & dedicated bookworm. Traveller at heart. Big believer in health for all and #Youth. The Crown Princess of Norway is a frequent tweeter, but obviously, the majority of her Tweets are in Norwegian. But there are pictures galore to give you a glimpse into the life of a princess… Typical tweet:
Translation: “Thank you for the lovely flowers. Hope everyone had a good national convention.”
Officially: Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, Prince of Denmark Twitter bio says: Prince Pavlos of Gr The Greek monarchy were abolished in 1973, but the members of the royal family held onto their titles, so Prince Pavlos sort of counts as a tweeting royal. He tweets news, thoughts and pictures of his five children. Typical tweet:
…so that’s our round-up of tweeting royals, but there’s one more that’s worth a mention. It’s definitely not official (and probably not the Queen herself) but parody account @Queen_UK will give you a laugh. Expect gems like this:
S Club 7 are to reunite for Children in Need. Of all the things children are in need of, surely that’s not one of them. #SClub7reunion
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) October 22, 2014