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26-03-1976

What Happens When Nigerian Princes Email Her?

The Queen could be considered many special things, but an ‘early adopter’? Before you slam your caps lock on and furiously type ‘YOU FILTHY LIAR’, let me explain. On this day in 1976, yes 1976, the Queen sent her first ever email.

It was during a visit to the terrifying sounding Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, a telecommunications research centre that possessed a rudimentary version of the internet called ARPANET. It’s not known what message she sent, or who she sent it to, but we assume she was using a computer the size of a Vauxhall Viva.