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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Join Twitter. Sort of.

The British royal family continued its love affair with social media this week, announcing the creation of new Twitter, Instagram and Storify accounts dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The Royal Family has already proven to be quite organized about their official social media activity – there’s an official @BritishMonarchy account, as well as @ClarenceHouse, which publicizes the activities of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and had, up until this point also been covering the young royals as well. The Queen herself even managed to write a tweet on the occasion of the opening of a new gallery dedicated to the Information Age at London’s Science Museum last year.

The new @KensingtonRoyal accounts will be dedicated to updating the world on the engagements, charitable endeavors and other news about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry.

The Queen Sent Her First Tweet Today

If you haven’t embraced the world of social media yet, it’s probably time to reevaluate your resistance to exploring life online, because even the Queen of England's trying out that whole Twitter thing now.

Yes, really. The Queen has officially tweeted.

(Think about that for a second, people who make a big deal about not being on Twitter. Even the Queen’s done it now!)

Don’t get too excited, though, there isn’t an official @ElizabethRegina Twitter account out there and active in the world or anything (Yet!). The British Monarchy has actually maintained an active Twitter presence – @BritishMonarchy – since joining the service back in 2009, which practically makes them an early adopter. But it’s been obvious from the start that the official monarchy account is being run by various people in Her Majesty’s office and that she isn’t sending any of the actual tweets herself nor are any of her royal children and grandchildren (though Prince Harry *did* tweet once from the @InvictusLondon account.).

But now, it would appear that she has – at least just this once.

12 Days of Downton: Your Guide to the Downton Abbey Experience on Twitter

Two days until Downton Abbey is back! If you’re looking for a more interactive viewing experience during the premiere broadcast on Sunday night, you might want to check out the special events happening that night on Twitter.

The official Masterpiece account will be hosting a live Twitter event from 9-11pm Eastern time, featuring comedian and huge Downton fan Patton Oswalt, as well as contributors from Vanity Fair Magazine, Tom and Lorenzo (I love that site!), Austenprose. If you’re on Twitter and want to participate, just use and track the hashtag #DowntonPBS.

But, if any of you happen to be big Twitter enthusiasts – not that I would know anything about wasting hours of one’s life on Twitter, no... – then there are a few other accounts you might want to follow that will prove very relevant to your interests. Click through for a guide to the world of Downton on Twitter, including official accounts, cast members, fan sites, and a bit of fun.