William and Kate sent their first joint tweet, but not in the way you might think


Talk about a throwback. Whilst on their official trip to Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent their first joint tweet using not a laptop, but a Morse code telegraph machine instead.

No, this wasn't an attempt from Wills and Kate to be more hipster. Instead they sent the message during a visit to the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse, which tells the story of the Yukon - famed as the home of the Klondike gold rush.

Kate and William.

Radio operator Doug Bell tapped out the Cambridges' tweet in the settlement's old telegraph office, now a preserved exhibit.

The royal couple both held the lever down to send the tweet, which said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, September 2016, Whitehorse Yukon."

However, don't expect tweets about what Kate's eating for lunch or William's opinion on the football score, because unfortunately the couple don't have their own account. Instead they were tweeting from the Telegraph to Tweet account run by the MacBride Museum.

The telegraph machine operated by Bell, a former commissioner of Yukon, was wired up to a micro control unit which converted the electrical signal into letters and was connected to a PC. Safe to say it was a tad more time-consuming than just tapping out a tweet on your phone.

When Bell, who last sent a telegram in 1947, was tapping out their message, William joked: "Ah, there's a spelling mistake."

Kate and William.

Bell went on to tell the couple about the time he chatted to William's parents when they visited Ottawa in 1981.

Bell, who is 90 years old, said to William: "I met your parents," and the Duke replied: "It seems pretty much everyone has met my family here."