Early this morning (for us here in the western Colonies, at least), Queen Elizabeth II made royal waves by posting what's reported to be her first tweet.
Delivered from her own gloveless hand, the tweet via @BritishMonarchy was created to celebrate the launch of a new exhibit 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
In the hours since, it has tallied more than 13,000 retweets and 12,000 favorites, and the message is sure to continue spreading throughout the day.
In the true spirit of the Internet, she was met with an amusing mix of warm welcome, biting sarcasm and outright hostility. Here are a few of our favorite responses:
This guy from the Guardian had one modest request:
@BritishMonarchy Welcome to twitter! Abdicate.— Spooky Alex Hern (@alexhern) October 24, 2014
This popular parody account is not amused:
Can't believe someone's started a sodding parody account. pic.twitter.com/BNNq52p61m— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) October 24, 2014
This guy gets right down to business:
@BritishMonarchy hey Liz, who are you loving on X Factor?!— David (@sayhellodavid) October 24, 2014
This Washington Post editor earned a gold star:
This weather man's obviously on #TeamFollowBack:
Hey @BritishMonarchy , how about a royal following. I will give you a free forecast— Al Roker (@alroker) October 24, 2014
This guy will probably not be a follower:
Oh, look who have here.. The totalitarian mass murdering Bavarian inbred pedophile circle that’s called the @BritishMonarchy— Shrinkflation (@KP2060) October 24, 2014
This sartorial insight is on point:
This guy from The Wall Street Journal is a total buzzkill, but probably has a point:
This guy knows us well:
@BritishMonarchy Wonder how many journos will be trawling these replies to cut n paste some ‘fun' filler in the subsequent articles on this.— Rob Taylor (@RobDotUk) October 24, 2014