— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014
The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, sent her first tweet! She took off a glove to do it. I wonder if she then used that glove to smack the iPad and challenge it to a duel?
The above is just an image of her sending the tweet, which she signed to let everyone know it was actually her and not just another tweet from the Official Account of the Monarchy™. Though I’m a liiiiitle disappointed she didn’t tag herself Grandmaster Flash instead. The tweet was sent to open an “Information Age” gallery at London’s Science Museum:
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
Of course, the tech-savvy queen—who was the first British monarch to send an email in 1976—is far from the first world leader to get in on the Twitter game. Here are a few more of the first tweets from some people on Twitter you may have heard of.
Some spiritual leaders:
Dear friends, I thank you from my heart and I ask you to continue to pray for me. Pope Francis.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) March 17, 2013
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Los Angeles – 21 February 2010 http://bit.ly/cRGXyr
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) February 22, 2010
The one above is the first tweet from the Dalai Lama account, but it’s obviously in the third person. Here’s the first one I could find that sounded like the Dalai Lama might actually have tweeted it:
Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace.
— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) August 17, 2010
First of 3 female SecState’s – last to join Twitter. Better late than never! pic.twitter.com/gDQZUvebnR — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) September 23, 2013
The other two women she’s talking about are:
I’m now on Twitter! Stay tuned for updates on my new book, No Higher Honor, to be released on November 1, 2011!
— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) October 12, 2011
And future president of the United St—what? Um. Nothing. Here:
Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe – I’ll take it from here… #tweetsfromhillary — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 10, 2013
The current president of the United States before he was POTUS:
Thinking we’re only one signature away from ending the war in Iraq. Learn more at http://www.barackobama.com
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 29, 2007
And former president George HW Bush, whose first tweet I found while trying to figure out if Nelson Mandela had ever tweeted:
Barbara and I wish we could have joined the U.S. delegation honoring President Mandela today. He, and his countrymen, are in our prayers. — George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) December 10, 2013
And of course, our own spiritual leader here at The Mary Sue:
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) June 8, 2012
- Olive Garden is surprisingly great at Twitter
- Good old JK gave us a Potter-related riddle on Twitter
- Illustrated Twitter typos are works of art
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