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 word 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.
TLC cancels ‘Honey Boo Boo’
The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family. The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year.
TLC wouldn’t publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but it said in a statement that “supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.”
The cancellation came after published reports that mom June Shannon was dating a man with a criminal past.
June Shannon posted what she called a “truth video” on the Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo) fan page Friday denying the allegations.
“The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue. Pumpkin (the nickname for the man she is reported to have dated) has openly said that I did not date him,” Shannon said in the nearly three-minute video.
“I would not ever, ever, ever put my kids in danger. … That is my past. I have not seen that person in 10 years.”
The series’ star was Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, one of four daughters of June Shannon from rural McIntyre, Georgia. “Honey Boo Boo” earned her own series after attracting attention in the TLC show “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Marion Ross is 86. Pop singer Helen Reddy is 73. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 70. Actress Nancy Cartwright is 57. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 56. Actress Tracy Nelson is 51. Country singer Chely Wright is 44. Violinist Midori is 43. Actor Craig Robinson is 43. Actor Michael Weston is 41. Actress Mariana Klaveno is 35. Pop singer Katy Perry is 30. Singer Ciara is 29.
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