Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth presses a button to send her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum, in London on Oct 24, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Queen Elizabeth presses a button to send her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum, in London on Oct 24, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" - and even removing a glove to post it.

The 88-year-old's Twitter debut came during a visit to London's Science Museum as she opened a new gallery dedicated to the history of communication and information.

The queen has gamely tried to keep up with new technologies during her 62-year reign.

She received a mobile phone as a present from her son Prince Andrew in 2001 and sent her first official email in 2009 but is reportedly bemused by her subjects' requests for "selfies" on royal walkabouts.

"It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the #-ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," her first tweet from the official British Monarchy Twitter account read.

Another tweet on the same account shortly afterwards said that the previous one was "sent personally by The Queen", adding its own hashtag for the event - #TheQueenTweets.

While news of her latest first spread rapidly on Twitter, the queen has not always taken to new technology with such ease.

The US ambassador to London, Matthew Barzun, said she told him she finds it "strange" to be confronted by people holding up mobile phones wanting to take pictures and selfies on royal visits.

"She was essentially saying: 'I miss eye contact'," Barzun told Tatler magazine last month.