1. The Queen has Two Birthdays!
Having two birthdays seems impossible – surely you can only have one birthday as you’re only born once!
The Queen’s real birthday is the 21st of April and she usually spends it with her family.
Her “official” (not actual) birthday is in June. This is because the monarch’s birthday is marked by a parade known as Trooping the Colour and Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910, decided it wouldn’t be very fun to celebrate this is November (when his birthday was) because it was cold so moved his own birthday to June.
Now the Queen gets two birthdays – one in June and one in April. When Charles becomes King he will get two birthdays too.
2. The Royal Family isn’t allowed to sign autographs
Royals, such as the Queen and Prince Charles, are not supposed to sign autographs.
This is incase somebody tries to forge their signature.
3. Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning British Monarch of all time
The Queen has been The Queen since 1952 making her the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Queen Victoria is in second place having reigned for 63 years.
4. Prince Charles doesn’t squeeze his own toothpaste.
According to reports from people who work in the palace Prince Charles has his workers squeeze one inch of toothpaste onto his toothbrush every morning.
5. Princess Diana’s wedding dress contained over 10,000 pearls
When Diana got married to Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 she wore a wedding dress with over 10,000 pearls and the dress was over 7.5 meters long.
6. The Queen doesn’t need a passport to travel abroad
The Queen is one of the only people in the world that requires no passport for international travel.
When the Queen travels she must give her full name, age, address, nationality, gender and place of birth to officials at the border.
7. The Royal Family must stay out of politics
Members of the Royal Family aren’t allowed to say they support a particular political party.
Although they can technically vote in elections they stay away from voting so that they aren’t seen to have a certain view of the government.
8. The Queen invented a breed of Dog
The Queen’s favourite dogs are Corgis and when one of her Corgis had a baby with a Dachshund she created a new species of dog called Dorgis!
9. A man married to The Queen doesn’t instantly become King.
If a woman marries a king they become a queen, for example if Prince William becomes King then his wife Kate will become a queen.
However, it doesn’t work the other way around.
Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip was never able to become King.
10. Queen Elizabeth wears bright colours so crowds can see her
Have you noticed the Queen is always wearing bright colours?
According to the Countess of Wessex she needs to stand out for people to be able to say, ‘I saw the Queen!’”