Thursday, March 26, 2020

26 March 1976: First royal e-mail

Today in 1976 the first royal e-mail was sent by the British Queen Elizabeth II. She visited the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, the telecom research institute in Malvern, on the occasion of the use of the connection with the American ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.

Engineer Peter Kirsten had created an email account with the username HME2 and prepared a message. The queen just needed to press a few buttons and the message was forwarded, Peter Kirsten recalled. Happily, a photograph was taken as a memory of this historical event.

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