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.”