Fantastic Facts about our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
- Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926. To parents the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).
The Queen’s birthplace is now a fancy Cantonese restaurant called Hakkasan, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair.
- On October 13, 1940, in response to this mass movement of people, Princess Elizabeth gave her first address from the drawing room of Windsor Castle as part of the BBC’s Children’s Hour in an attempt to boost public morale. She spoke directly to the children who had been separated from their families as part of the evacuation scheme.
- The coronation of Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.
The coronation ceremony was watched by a TV audience of 20 million people – outnumbering the radio audience for the first time.
- Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch ever in Britain beating even Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother!).
As Queen, she has been served by 14 UK Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and more recently, Boris Johnson.
Her Majesty has also reigned alongside 6 Popes.
- Her favourite dogs are corgis, she even invented a new breed of dog when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, creating the “dorgi”.
Her Majesty has owned 30 Corgis throughout her reign, the first a gift on her 18th birthday.
- The Queen is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a licence! She is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license plate on her car.
The Queen also never needs a passport when traveling around the world.
- The Queen has two birthdays!! On April 21, the actual day of her birth, Elizabeth II celebrates privately but on a Saturday in June, she marks her “official” birthday publicly, in true British royal fashion, with a carriage and horse procession known as Trooping the Colour.
- The Queen first sent an email in 1976… and published her first Instagram post in 2019! If you would like to follow the Queen on Instagram: @theroyalfamily
- The Queen has sent around 50,000 Christmas cards – and counting!
The Queen owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths. Whenever she is gifted a rare or exotic animal from other countries, she sends the animal to be cared for at London Zoo.
- Even the monarch can go undercover sometimes!
On a recent low-key trip to Scotland, the Queen met some American tourists while walking. When the tourists asked if she lived locally, she mentioned that she had a house nearby, and when asked if she’d ever met the Queen she simply pointed at her security and said: “No, but he has!”
Silver Jubilee: 25th anniversary (1972)
Golden Jubilee: 50th anniversary (2002)
Diamond Jubilee: 60th anniversary (2012)
Platinum Jubilee: 70th anniversary (2022)
The Ruby (40th) and Sapphire (65th) jubilees were marked with more modest celebrations.