King Abdullah II of Jordan has entered the digital age, having joined social media website Twitter this afternoon.
Under the username @KingAbdullahII, His Majesty joins his wife, Queen Rania, who has been active on Twitter since 2009.
The King’s first tweet was posted in both Arabic and English.
It reads: “This is Abdullah bin AlHussein, a father and a proud Jordanian. Pleased to be with you on Twitter.”
Queen Rania welcomed her husband to social media, tweeting: “Honored (sic) to be
@KingAbdullahII’s 1st follower on @Twitter. Your voice of moderation and calls for dialogue is much needed in our world today.”
King Abdullah will have his work cut out to build a social media following to match that of his wife.
Queen Rania is followed by 6.17 million people, with the King having 7,000 at the time this article was published.
It isn’t just the Jordanian Royal Family who embrace social media. The British Royal Family are also very active, with many royals tweeting in a personal capacity.
The Duke of York joined Twitter in July 2013. Prince Andrew occasionally tweets personally but, most of the time, his team posts updates and news about The Prince’s engagements. His Highness’s first tweet was “Welcome to my Twitter account – AY”. His tweets bear his signature, “AY”. Initially, he did not follow his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, but that was soon sorted.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, is also on Twitter. She has amassed 80,000 followers since her debut in 2011.
Even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has tweeted.
In June last year, she posted a message to thank people who took the time to send her 90th birthday messages on social media.
Writing on the Royal Family’s official account, @RoyalFamily, the Queen wrote: “I am most grateful for the many digital messages of goodwill I have received and would like to thank you all for your kindness.”
The 90-year-old monarch signed off the message with “Elizabeth R”.