Queen Elizabeth II was a beloved and iconic figure in British culture. She reigned for seventy years, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. She experienced a lifetime of interesting and amazing moments, both in her personal life and in her career as Queen. Here are the Top 10 Facts about Queen Elizabeth II that you may not know.
1. Queen Elizabeth ll passed away on 8th September, 2022.
Queen Elizabeth ll sadly passed away on 8th September, 2022.
She was at Balmoral Castle surrounded by her family.Embed from Getty Images
2. She was born in Mayfair, London.
The Queen was born in Mayfair, London, on 21st April 1926.
She was born at 17 Bruton Street which is actually now a Chinese restaurant!
3. She was the longest reigning monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch.
She overtook Queen Victoria, who reigned for just over 64 years.
Queen Elizabeth ll reigned for over 70 years!Embed from Getty Images
4. The Queen didn’t just rule over the UK.
The Queen didn’t just rule over the UK.
She ruled over lots of other places too!
King Charles now rules over those same places.
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
5. Her favourite dogs were corgis.
You might have guessed it but the Queen LOVED corgis.
She owned over 30 during her reign as the Queen.
The most she ever owned at once was 13!
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6. She was the only person allowed to drive without a drivers license in the UK.
Every driver in the UK needs a driving license.
That includes a theory test, lots of lessons and a practical test.
However, the Queen didn’t need to do this.
She was the only person in the UK who didn’t need a driving license.Embed from Getty Images
7. The Queen had two birthdays.
How amazing would it be to have two birthdays?!
The Queen had two!
Her real birthday, the day she was born, was on 21st April.
However, her official birthday was held on a Saturday in June.
It has been tradition since 1748 that the reigning monarch has their birthday in June because the weather is better and they can celebrate properly!
8. The Queen married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen was married to Prince Philip who was the Duke of Edinburgh.
They got married in 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
Prince Philip was born into the Greek and Danish Royal Family.
However, before the wedding he had to become a British citizen.Embed from Getty Images
9. She trained to be a mechanic and military truck driver.
The Queen had some hidden talents.
She trained to be a mechanic and a military truck driver!
Queen Elizabeth II was a part of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service for World War II.Embed from Getty Images
10. The first email the Queen ever sent was in 1976.
The Queen sent her first email on 26th March, 1976.
She was at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment which was a telecommunications research centre in Malvern.
The email announced a new programming language.
It was the first email sent by a royal!Embed from Getty Images