Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

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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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LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet - though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R."

The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery Friday in central London's Science Museum, taking off a glove to press a tablet screen as 600 guests looked on. The message, "I hope people will enjoy visiting" the exhibition, was sent instantly through the official British monarchy account on the social media website.

"Elizabeth R" is how the queen signs official documents. The "R'' stands for "regina," the Latin for queen.

Officials said the message came "personally" from the queen herself, although some eyebrows were raised about whether that was the case.

The message appeared to be typed ahead of time, and bizarrely appears to have been sent using the Twitter for iPhone app, even though video showed the queen was using an iPad or a similar tablet device. Officials wouldn't say if the queen personally wrote the message or comment on the electronic discrepancy.

"We're not going to go into the details," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

The queen does not have a personal Twitter account. Most members of the royal family do not tweet personally - they are represented by official accounts managed by spokespeople.

There are exceptions: Prince Andrew - the queen's second son - and his daughter Princess Beatrice both tweet in a personal capacity.

The Science Museum gallery, called "Information Age," explores the technological breakthroughs that have changed communication.

In 1976, the queen was the first monarch to send an email, doing so when the technology was in its infancy.

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