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Queen Elizabeth II's First Tweet Ever Sent – but Who Hit Send?

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By    |   Friday, 24 Oct 2014 11:46 AM

Queen Elizabeth sent out her first tweet ever, using the social media forum to open an informational technology gallery at London's Science Museum on Friday morning. Question is, who actually hit send?

The Queen reportedly sent out the message to 724,000 followers on @BritishMonarchy, which is usually managed by Palace officials, according to The Guardian.


The Queen's post was retweeted more than 17,000 times in the span of five hours.

The Guardian wrote that Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the museum tour the United Kingdom's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communications technology.

Tom Warren of The Verge.com, though, cast doubt that Queen actually sent the tweet, charging that it was actually sent by an iPhone and not the iPad the Queen photographed using.

"While the Queen can be seen in photos clearly typing on an iPad, the actual tweet was sent with an iPhone, raising questions whether Queen Elizabeth II really sent it herself," Warren wrote. "The British Monarchy claims the tweet was 'sent personally by the Queen.' It's possible the Queen may have typed it offstage on an iPhone, allowing an aide to send it on her behalf to avoid any connection issues or mishaps?"

"We reached out to the British Monarchy, but a spokesperson refused to discuss how the tweet was sent, insisting it was sent by the Queen and that any iPhone involvement was simply 'processology,'" Warren continued.

Palace officials even sent out a follow-up post on Twitter to stress that it was the Queen who sent out the previous tweet along with a photo.


James Vincent of The Independent.com still had his doubts, writing: "Whether or not the Queen actually 'sent' the tweet then looks to be one of those conundrums that will puzzle society for generations to come.


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