“Which filter does one use when one instagrams a picture of roast swan?”
March 7, 2019 1:02 PM   Subscribe

In which 92 year old Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor uses an Ipad to post a picture to the fam Instagram account. The picture is of a letter written in 1843 to her great-great-grandfather. Her family use HTML, and are also active on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube; other European royals also use social media. One requests you interact with the House of Windsor in this manner, while Her Majesty has previously knighted a web designer. Meanwhile, the gang of four (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)(okay; William, Kate, Harry and Meghan) have their own twitter account, while Beatrice tweets and Eugenie Instagrams, and the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also indulge. This is (possibly) not Her Majesty's twitter account.
posted by Wordshore (15 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
She was applauded after sharing an image of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert.

To: The Royal Chamberlain of Telegraphy, Post, and Sundry Other Forms of Communication

From: ER

Subject: Miscellanea

Bertie: A recent missive posted by us to this 'Instagram' thing prompts us to inquire: Would you, possibly, have Prince Albert in a can? We await your answer forthwith. In the meantime, let us offer you various assurances from one of our subjects. Best, Lilibet.

posted by Halloween Jack at 1:13 PM on March 7, 2019 [6 favorites]


Props to the person who commented on the actual Queen's first IG post with "Yaaaaaaaasss Queen!"
posted by The Bellman at 1:13 PM on March 7, 2019 [28 favorites]


For some reason in the past couple of years I've become obsessed with following news about the British royals, in a completely unironic way. I saw the queen's instagram post this morning with her snazzy orange coatdress and have been ruminating on this all day, how really the main thing I want to do with my life life right now is look at pictures of the British royal family doing things. (I'm not British.) What I've concluded is that this must be a result of the world being so godawful right now. The royal family's carefully controlled image - everyone being cheerful and smiley and caring about important causes together in their impeccable outfits - even though you know of course it's mostly bullshit - they do a really good job of presenting a nice calming aura. It makes me feel good to pretend it's real.
posted by something something at 1:28 PM on March 7, 2019 [18 favorites]


Princess Margaret's grandson also has an Instagram. I bring this up for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
posted by aihal at 2:01 PM on March 7, 2019 [8 favorites]


Also, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has the best clothes by a mile. Look at it!
posted by something something at 2:03 PM on March 7, 2019 [2 favorites]


Swans, you say?
posted by acb at 2:17 PM on March 7, 2019 [4 favorites]


I know the royal family is Problematic, but a very adorable elderly lady using technology is just so goddamn cute.
posted by merriment at 4:19 PM on March 7, 2019 [4 favorites]


Metafilter: I know the royal family
posted by sammyo at 6:27 PM on March 7, 2019


Not swans, but corgis.
posted by basalganglia at 6:48 PM on March 7, 2019


Although, to be fair, I also find this image of Elizabeth using technology to be fairly delightful.
posted by merriment at 7:26 PM on March 7, 2019 [1 favorite]


I hate this new wave of celebration of royalty. I used to assume that when QE2 passed we would have a republic of some sort here.

Now I fear that the profit-driven, social-media spread adoration, especially of the young royals, will work against that sentiment, and inexplicably we will continue to tie ourselves to these archaic icons who represent little more than tyranny, nationalism and colony to me.
posted by AnhydrousLove at 8:32 PM on March 7, 2019 [8 favorites]


Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor using technology back in the day.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:34 PM on March 7, 2019 [3 favorites]


I hate this new wave of celebration of royalty. I used to assume that when QE2 passed we would have a republic of some sort here.

Seriously. I'm never going to understand people who celebrate these or any royals. These people get $100m+ per year to be a living, breathing reminder that "whoops, you missed the social opportunity to guillotine the people who told you that God created them to be your superiors."
posted by protocoach at 9:20 PM on March 7, 2019 [6 favorites]


whoops, you missed the social opportunity to guillotine the people who told you that God created them to be your superiors

The decapitated ghost of Charles I might disagree with you on that one.
posted by Catseye at 1:56 AM on March 8, 2019 [5 favorites]


Yeah, the UK royal family has a lot of soft power, but the hard power? The Crown in Parliament has that & brooks no other authority.
posted by pharm at 8:13 AM on March 8, 2019


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