jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 2nd June 2022



Welcome to Day 1 of the 4 day Queen Elizabeth II Royal Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday.


We kick off with a mammoth 70 Nice Little Numbers relating to Queen Elizabeth II 70 years reign, 1952 – 2022


1 150   Her Majesty has made over 150 Commonwealth visits
2 128   The queen has visited 128 countries and has made 271 trips. As queen she has travelled more than 1,032,513 miles which is approximately 42 journeys around the entire circumference of the earth.
3 22   Visited Canada 22 times
4 13    She has visited France 13 times, more than any other country in Europe.
5 21,000   The Queen has carried out more than 21,000 engagements over the course of her reign.
6 4,000   The Queen has given Royal Assent to approximately 4,000 Acts of Parliament.
7 112   The Queen has hosted 112 incoming state visits to the United Kingdom
8 500   The Queen is currently patron of more than 500 organisations, including more than 70 education and training organisations; over 60 sports and recreational organisation; over 30 faith organisations; and over 40 arts and cultural organisations.
9 1,000,000   The Queen has sent over 300,000 congratulatory cards to people celebrating their 100th birthdays, and over 900,000 messages to couples marking their Diamond (60th) Wedding Anniversaries.
10 35   The Queen’s face has been on coins of 35 countries
11 50   The Queen has held over 50 ranks and appointments in the British and Commonwealth Armed Services during her lifetime.
12 200   She has sat for over 200 portraits
13 1,000,000   The Royal Collection, held in trust by the Queen for her successors and the nation, is estimated to have over a million individual pieces, including over 8,000 paintings, 160,000 watercolours, prints and drawings, 200,000 photographs, 300,000 items of decorative art and 200,000 books and manuscripts.
14 180   There have been more than 180 garden parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since 1952
15 1,500,000   Over 1.5 million people have attended a Garden Party during the Queen’s reign.
16 14   There have been 14 presidents of the United States during the Queen’s reign, and, with the exception of President Lyndon B Johnson (1963-9), she has met each one.
17 14   The Queen has been served by 14 prime ministers of the United Kingdom during her reign – her first Prime Minister was Winston Churchill.
18 30    The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis during her reign, most of which have been descended from her first corgi, Susan, who was gifted to her on her 18th birthday in 1944.
19 21   The Queen celebrated her 21st birthday in South Africa, which was marked by a speech broadcast across the Commonwealth.In the speech the Princess pledged nothing less than her life’s work to her subjects, saying: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”
20 70    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their Platinum (70th) Wedding Anniversary in 2017, the first time a reigning monarch had done so.
21 670   670 boats took part in the parade on the Tideway of the River Thames, for the Queen’s 2012 Jubilee  3rd June 2012, making it the largest ever parade of boats, surpassing the previous world record of 327 vessels set in Bremerhaven, Germany, in 2011.
22 168   168 – The longest overseas tour that the Queen has undertaken began in Bermuda in November 1953 and ended in Gibraltar in May 1954. She was away for 168 days or 5 months and visited 13 different countries.
23 14   The greatest number of countries that the Queen has visited in one trip is 14. This was during her 1966 trip to the Caribbean.
24 90   The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016.
25 4    The Queen has met four Popes on official visits during her reign: Pope John XXIII (1961), Pope John Paul II (1980, 1982 and 2000), Pope Benedict XVI (2010) and Pope Francis I (2014).
26 2   The Queen wore two crowns on her Coronation Day: St Edward’s Crown (which was used for the crowning ceremony) and the Imperial State Crown, which was worn for the return procession and subsequent balcony appearances at Buckingham Palace. On the journey to Westminster Abbey, The Queen wore the State Diadem: a circlet of diamonds, which she has gone on to wear for the journey to and from the State Opening of Parliament.
27 2,000   There were more than 2,000 journalists and 500 photographers from 92 nations on the Coronation route in 1953.
28 700   The Royal Yatch Brittania  was launched on 16 April, 1953 and was commissioned for service in January 1954 being de-commissioning 43 years later in 1997 . During her time in service, Britannia travelled more than a million miles on Royal and official duties, transporting the Queen to over 700 Royal visits.
29 1    The Queen has made a Christmas Broadcast to the Commonwealth every year of her reign except 1969, when a repeat of the film Royal Family was shown and a written message from the Queen issued.
30 526,000   526,000 new TV sets were sold for Queen Elizabeth II Coronation in June 1953 as coronation fever swept the country.
31 85    The cost of a TV set was £85 (Equivalent to £2,605.93 In today’s money. – Average Annual Pay was under £350.
32 2,500,000   There were  2.5 million TV sets owned in Britain at the time of the Coronation.
33 3,000   3,000 tickets for a large-screen showing at the Festival Hall went in under an hour. 
34 27 million 27 million people in the UK (out of the 36 million population) watched the ceremony on television and 11 million listened on the radio. 
35 1   The Trooping the Colour parade has been cancelled just once. There has been a Trooping the Colour Parade every year of the Queen’s reign, apart from 1955, which was cancelled due to a railway strike. In 2020 and 2021 a smaller ceremony took place at Windsor Castle due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
36 18   In 1969 the Queen was given a black mare, named Burmese, by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The former Service horse was ridden by the Queen for Trooping the Colour for 18 consecutive years from 1969 to 1986.
37 9   The Queen chose her Coronation dress from nine different designs. The Queen’s Coronation dress was designed by British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell. He submitted nine different designs and the Queen accepted the eighth.
38 100,000   The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has enabled over 100,000 people to have sight-saving surgery; treated more than 22 million people with antibiotics to reduce the spread of trachoma; built or upgraded over 81,000 latrines and washing facilities to prevent the spread of infection; screened over 13,000 babies for retinopathy of prematurity; and screened more than 200,000 people for diabetic retinopathy.
39 650   The Queen has conducted over 650 investitures throughout her reign.
40 4   The Queen and Prince Phillip have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward
41 13   Elizabeth has said that she first fell in love with her husband-to-be, Prince Philip, when she was only 13 years old
42 11   Estimates of Queen Elizabeth’s private fortune have ranged from $530 million to $11 billion. The Sunday Times Rich List In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II is estimated to be personally worth £365 million. According to the Sunday Times Rich List, this figure is up £15 million from her 2020 earnings and includes the Sovereign Grant and her personal income. Forbes has it estimated at £427million.
43 22   Due in large part to the Queen’s refusal to do media interviews, it took the BBC 22 years to convince Elizabeth to do an on-screen “conversation” with a journalist for a documentary about her coronation.
44 5   The coronation crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II weighs almost five pounds. Elizabeth later commented that it felt heavy enough to break her neck.
45 6   Elizabeth is the sixth female to reign as monarch of Great Britain.
46 7   The Queen has a personal poet, in fact, the position of Poet Laureate is a distinctive honour endowed to a poet whose work is of national significance. Presently, the role is held by Simon Armitage. There have been 7 Poet Laureates during the Queen’s reign:1.John Masefield, 2.Cecil Day-Lewis, 3.John Betjeman, 4.Ted Hughes, 5.Andrew Motion, 6.Carol Ann Duffy, 7.Simon Armitage
47 10,000   In keeping serious impacts of the war on Britain, Elizabeth II had to save up the ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding outfit, an ivory satin gown encrusted with 10,000 white pearls.
48 200   The government allowed her 200 extra ration coupons towards her wedding dress in 1947. She was given hundreds of clothing coupons by brides-to-be from all parts of the country to help her acquire the dress. She had to return these coupons as it was illegal for them to have been given away in the first instance.
49 350   The wedding dress  was stitched by 350 women over the course of nearly two months. 
50 30,000   The dress was later recreated for the Netflix series The Crown, costing the production £30,000.
51 200 million The wedding ceremony was recorded and broadcast to 200 million people worldwide by BBC Radio.
52 8   The Queen had a rather large bridal party. The eight bridesmaids that she chose were Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Lady Caroline Montagu-Douglas-Scott, Lady Mary Cambridge, Pamela Mountbatten, Margaret Elphinstone, and Diana Bowes-Lyon.
53 23   The Queen has launched 23 ships during her lifetime. The first one was the MS Vanguard when she was a princess. 
54 100,000   “Party at the Palace,” a concert held in 2002 was recorded on a live CD to celebrate Elizabeth’s II Golden Jubilee. The CD went on to sell 100,000 copies. The CD recording company awarded a gold disc to the Queen.
55 5   The Queen has made five official state visits to the US during her reign thus far—in 1957, 1976, 1983, 1991 and 2007.
56 70,000   She receives around 70,000 letters a year.  That is over 3.5 million items of correspondence during her reign.The Queen receives about 200-300 letters a day. She chooses a few to read herself, and then has members of her staff respond. The official Royal website says that “The Queen is shown almost all of her correspondence on a daily basis by one of her Private Secretaries, and she takes a keen interest in the letters she receives.”
57 8 million   It has been reported the Her Majesty purchased an $8 million, 3,000-square-foot modern penthouse in United Nations Plaza in New York City in 2015. The building is designed by architect Norman Foster, who was knighted by the Queen herself in 1990.
58 30   Queen Elizabeth II has a grand total of 30 godchildren. Her long list of godchildren include Guy Nevill, the son of Lord Rupert Nevill and Lady Camilla Wallop, Princess Theodora of Greece, daughter of Constantine II and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark, and James Ogilvy, son of Right Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy and HRH Princess Alexandra of Great Britain.
59 2,500   Prince Philip & Queen Elizabeth II received 2,500 wedding gifts from around the world.
60 40,000   In 1953, the Queen and her husband embarked on a seven-month round-the-world tour, visiting 13 countries and covering more than 40,000 miles by land, sea and air.
61 10 million 10 million – She has a car collection estimated to be worth £10 million, 25 – It has been reported that the queen has around 25 cars in her collection. But that’s not including the ones her other family members drive. 
62 9.4 billion The British Crown Estate – with holdings of £9.4 billion in 2014– is held in trust by the sovereign and cannot be sold or owned by Elizabeth in a private capacity.
63 12    She is also Head of the Commonwealth and the queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession
64 40   Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror was crowned.
65 39   She has attended 39 Royal Variety Performances.
66 25   Elizabeth’s was 25 years of age when she became queen
67 100,000   She has given out over 100,000 Christmas puddings to staff, continuing the custom of King George V and King George VI. In addition, the Queen gives her entire staff gifts at Christmastime.
68 100,000   £100,000 was the price of the commemorative Diamond Jubilee whiskey by John Walker and Sons, sales of which will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust
69 £32.1 million Amount Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip (before his death)  are paid annually by the British government
70 8,251   A total of 8,251 guests attended The Queen’s Coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey and 129 nations and territories were officially represented at the Coronation service.
BONUS! 4   Some people in the Abbey witnessed their fourth Coronation. Princess Marie Louise (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter) had also seen the Coronations of King Edward VII (1902),  King George V (1911) and King George VI (1937).
BONUS! 5   The return route of the Coronation procession was designed so that the procession could be seen by as many people in London as possible. The 4.5 mile (7.2 km route) took the 16,000 participants two hours to complete. 





  1. The royal party, by Adam and Roger Hargreaves by Steve Antony, Reading age 3 – 5 years 32 pages £6.99
  2. A quokka for the queen, by Huw Lewis-Jones and Fred Blunt 32 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6 years £6.99
  3. The Queen’s hat, by Steve Anthony Reading age 3 – 5 years Pages: 32 £8.99
  4. Katie in London, by James Mayhew 32 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 8 years £6.99
  5. The Queen’s knickers, by Nicholas Allan 32 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 5 years £10.22
  6. Tea with the Queen, by Pip Jones and Ella K. Okstad 32 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6years £6.99
  7. Claude at the palace, by Alex T. Smith 96 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6 years £5.99
  8. The cat and the king, by Nick Sharratt 144 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 – 7 years £6.99
  9. There once is a queen, by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman ‎ 64 pages Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 years and up £12.99
  10. The royal rabbits, by Santa Montefiore and Kate Hindley 144 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6+ years £6.99
  11. Queenie, by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt 416 Pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 11 years £6.99
  12. Billie Templar’s war, by Ellie Irving 368 pages, Age Range 9-11 £6.99
  13. The Queen’s Jubilee by Frances Rose Number of pages: 32 Reading Age: 0-5 £7.99
  14. Little Elizabeth: The Young Princess Who Became Queen by by Valerie Wilding (Author), Pauline Gregory  (Illustrator) 32 pages Age Range 6-8 £6.99
  15. Peppa Pig: Peppa Meets the Queen by Peppa Pig 24 pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 6 years £4.99
  16. Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Royal Party: Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by Peppa Pig 32 pages, Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 – 6 years £6.99
  17. Queen Elizabeth II A short biography for children with photos by Global Publishing (Author) 39 Pages Age Range: 7-12
  18. Queen Elizabeth II (A Life Story) by Sally Morgan (Author), Mike Phillips (Illustrator), Sarah Papworth (Illustrator) Pages: 240 Reading age ‏ : ‎ 9 – 11 years £5.99

19. Winnie the Pooh Meets the Queen by Jane Riordan (Author), Mark Burgess (Illustrator) Reading age 5+ years Pages: 32 £7.99

20. 70 Facts 70 Years: 70 Things You Didn’t Know About Queen Elizabeth II for kids, by Josie Akin (Author) Pages: 73 Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7+ years £5.99

What were the best selling songs in 1952 – There was no chart until 14th November 1952. How did they cope? But here is a list of bestselling records for 1952. Click below.


REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett


Happiness is…the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


  1. A story from The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II: In the ’60s, she watched the Everly Brothers singing “Cathy’s Clown” as part of the annual Royal Variety Performance. To say she was unimpressed was an understatement. The book has it that she muttered to her lady-in-waiting that they sounded like “two cats being strangled”.


  1. In an argument with the Queen Mother, the elder royal said to her daughter: “Who do you think you are?” To which the Queen is said to have replied: “The Queen, mummy, the Queen.”


Love is…a faded photo.


“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” —Robert Orben


A time to ascend to the throne…A time to celebrate 70 years on the throne.





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