Queen victim of trolls after her first tweet

Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet at the Science Museum in London. Picture: AFP

Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet at the Science Museum in London. Picture: AFP

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THE Queen has been targ­eted by Twitter trolls after sending her first royal tweet.

It came as she passed a technological milestone by tweeting her first message on the micro-blogging site to declare a new Science Museum gallery open.

The official @BritishMonarchy account she used saw its followers grow by tens of thousands, but was attacked by trolls sending abusive messages such as “F*** off and die”.

The first royal tweet was sent with the press of a butt­on on a tablet computer, and read: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

A Buckingham Palace spokes­man said: “We were fully cognisant of the nat­ure of Twitter, where anyone anywhere can express their opinion, but we were delighted that so many 
people – in their tens of thousands – responded pos­itively.

“We also received tens of thousands of new followers as a result of the tweet. We saw some tweets with profanity but that is just the nature of the format.”

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