Here are some interesting and mind-blowing facts you probably might not have known about Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II, 96, is the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Annually, the United Kingdom has a bank holiday to celebrate The Queen’s birthday. This year is unique because it is her platinum Jubilee (as she has been queen for 70 years) and the bank holiday will kick-off from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.
It’s no doubt that Queen Elizabeth II is a great Queen with so much qualities to admire. With many decades of experience, she has grown to become one of the greatest Monarch is history.
However, we thought it necessary to share with you five things you probably didn’t know about The Queen.
1. She makes use of her handbag to send signals to her staff
If there is one thing about The Queen, you never catch her without her purses and bags. Reports reveals that she owns 200 types of the same type of handbags.
Ever wonder what’s in it? A royal historian says that there is usually lipstick, a mirror, mint, reading glasses, a pen and some money when she is going to church on Sundays.
What are some of the bag signals she sends to a staff?
•If she moves her bag from one hand to the other then it means she wants to end that conversation and move on.
So, a staff member will come up to her and provide a plausible excuse, like, ‘The Duke of Cambridge sends an important message” and she uses that cue to move on.
•If she puts her bag on the floor, she is not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued.
•If she puts her bag on the table, she wants the event to end in five minutes.
2. The Queen does not have a passport or driver’s license
Sounds strange right? But that6the reality. The Queen can travel to any country she wants without a passport. She and her forefathers colonized half the world, so that is no surprise.She also doesn’t have a driver’s license or a license plate – talk about freedom of movement.
3. She has two birthdays in a single year
How possible could this be that someone is celebrating two birthdays in one year? The Queen is that mysterious individual. Imagine two times in the year, people get to fuss over you and buy gifts.
Her actual birthday is on April 21st, but she celebrates in June because the weather in June is perfect for all the festivities.There is a troop at the palace where she rides in her carriage and her family joins her on the balcony to wave at the crowd.
This year only ‘working royals’ will join her, which means Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew will be absent.
4. She never went to public school
She began Queen training at the age of 14 years old. She was homeschooled by private tutors. She was born into a royal family and deserves a more royal treatment. Her family probably never saw the need for her to go to a public school.
5. She doesn’t go by her last name
Her birth name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, but no one calls her that. She goes by her official title which is, “Elizabeth, the second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith.”
She was fondly called Lilibet by her late husband, Prince Philip.
6. The Queen bought her wedding dress with WWII ration coupons
According to British Heritage, the Queen purchased the material for her wedding dress using ration coupons and had to return donations from women around the UK.
7. The Queen’s first horse was called Peggy
The Queen was given her first horse, a Shetland pony called Peggy, by her grandfather King George V, and has been riding them ever since.
8. The Queen has owned over 30 Corgis in total
We know the Queen loves Corgis, but did you know she has owned over 30 across her life? “Her Majesty the Queen is a fantastic dog trainer,”
Roger Mugford, the Queen’s former Corgi trainer previously told Country Living. “When I visited her, she had nine dogs and they were incredibly well controlled, well managed and obedient.”
9. The Queen studied constitutional history and law
After her father became King in 1936, Princess Elizabeth began studying constitutional history and law. Her Majesty also studied French, German and music when she was educated at home.
10. The Queen can speak fluent French
According to Express, the Queen is likely to have learned French as a small child from her tutor and governess, Marion Crawford. When visiting France, the Queen will always speak the language.
11. She is better travelled than any British monarch before her
According to the official Royal Family website, Her Majesty is better travelled than any British monarch before her. Within the Commonwealth alone, she has made over 150 visits during her reign.
12. She volunteered as a truck driver during World War II
Before she became Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth volunteered as a truck driver and mechanic during World War II. This made her the first female member of the royal family to serve in the military.
13. Her Majesty has carried out more than 21,000 engagements
The Queen has carried out more than 21,000 engagements over her 70-reign.
14. Her Majesty made her first radio broadcast aged 14
The Queen might be known for her radio and television broadcasts, but she first spoke on the radio aged just 14.Speaking about children being evacuated, she said on BBC’s Children’s Hour: “I can truthfully say to you all that we children at home are full of cheerfulness and courage. We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war.”
15. The Queen opened Sydney Opera House
The Queen opened the now-iconic Australian landmark, Sydney Opera House, on 20th October, 1973.