Did Queen Elizabeth II really send her first tweet?

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Queen Elizabeth II Sends Out First Tweet... Or Did She?

By RYAN GORMAN

Queen Elizabeth II sent her first tweet Friday – or did she?

Pictures from her appearance at the Science Museum, in London, show the Queen standing at an iPad, but the tweet appears to have been sent from an iPhone.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II turns around after watching herself at the Coronation on a period television set during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II looks at a model of the aerial tuning inductor from Rougby Radio Station (1943) during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II watches herself at the Coronation on a period television set during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II turns around after watching herself at the Coronation on a period television set during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on as Queen Elizabeth II is presented with a 'technology themed' bouquet as she visits the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks on as Queen Elizabeth II is presented with a 'technology themed' bouquet as she visits the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Queen Elizabeth II sends her first Tweet during a visit to the 'Information Age' Exhibition at the Science Museum on October 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The British monarchy has long had a Twitter account documenting the comings and going of the royals, but the 88-year-old queen had never publicly acknowledged using the social media network.

Her Majesty appeared at the London museum to mark the opening of the Information Age exhibit, which focuses on the advent of the Internet.

"It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibit today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.," the Queen is said to have tweeted.

A picture showing the Queen standing at an iPad while hunt and peck typing one finger at a time caused the tweet to go viral.

It had more than 20,000 retweets and nearly 20,000 favorites as of 6:00 p.m. in England.

But it also had a stamp saying it was sent from "Twitter for iPhone" when viewed from TweetDeck.



It is possible to install iPhone apps to the iPad, but they are not readily available unless a used specifically searches for the iPhone version.

Twitter does not have a separate version, but instead uses a universal app that automatically adjusts to fit whichever Apple device the person is using.

Which means the tweet was likely sent from an iPhone.

In that case, who sent it?

The royal family declined to comment when reached by the Wall Street Journal.

"We're not going to get into the processology of this," a spokesperson told the paper.

Queen Sends First Tweet, Signed 'Elizabeth R'

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