1 The Queen is a committed Christian and churchgoer and has often spoken of her faith in her speeches and broadcasts. “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life,” she said in her 2014 Christmas Broadcast. “A role model of reconciliation and forgiveness, he stretched out his hands in love, acceptance and healing. “Christ’s example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people of whatever faith or none.”
2 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.”
3 In 2016 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh sent a message to British astronaut Tim Peake as he joined the International Space Station. He responded with a video message from space saying, “Thank you again for your well wishes, ma’am. I hope I can bring the country together to celebrate Britain in space and our great tradition of scientific exploration. And before I sign off, I’m not sure that this has ever been said in space before, so I’ll be the first: God save The Queen.”
4 On the evening of the Coronation, the Queen made a radio broadcast in which she stated: “Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust”.
5 During her reign, the Queen has received many gifts including a variety of live animals. The more unusual animals were placed in the care of zoos, among them jaguars and sloths from Brazil, an elephant from Cameroon and two black beavers from Canada.
6 Windsor Castle, currently the Queen’s main residence, is the oldest and largest occupied palace in the world.
7 Queen Elizabeth Breeds only native breeds Shetland, Fell and Highland Ponies
8 She does not have a passport or driving licence. As British passports and driving licences are issued in the Queen’s name, she is not required to have either, a privilege held by her alone.
9 The Queen speaks fluent French and has often used the language during audiences and State Visits.
10 Sir Winston Churchill, her first prime minister, became a Member of Parliament during the reign of the Queen’s great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria.
11 The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) became a Girl Guide In 1937 aged 11, learning how to pitch tents, cook on campfires and administer first aid.
12 At 16, she joined the Sea Rangers: a separate unit of the Girl Guides created for those with a strong naval interest. She was made a was made a Sea Ranger Commodore in 1945.
13 The Queen’s Coronation was the first to be broadcast  on television
14 The Mayfair home in which Queen Elizabeth was born has become an expensive Cantonese restaurant.
15 Queen Elizabeth is an ardent supporter of Britain’s Arsenal soccer team
16 According to an ancient English law, any sturgeon caught in British waters is the property of the monarch. When Elizabeth visited Canada in 1953, some Canadian fishermen caught a 350 pound sturgeon and sent it to the Queen through the Royal Canadian Air Force, in honor of her visit.
17 While on a low-profile vacation in Scotland, Elizabeth was joined on a walk by some American tourists, who asked her if she had ever met the Queen. In response, Elizabeth pointed at her security guard and said, “No, but he has!
18 Elizabeth’s coronation gown was embroidered with symbols representing the different lands under her rule at the time: the rose of England, a maple leaf for Canada, the thistle of Scotland, the leek of Wales, the shamrock of Ireland, the wattle flower of Australia, the African sugarbush for South Africa, an ear of wheat for Pakistan, the fern of New Zealand, and lotus flowers for India and Ceylon.
19 According to various reports, the Queen did not always see eye-to-eye with the popular Princess Diana. In a letter she wrote before Princess Di’s death, however, the Queen expressed both admiration and respect for her daughter-in-law
20 When the Queen was a young girl, her family’s nickname for her was “Lilibet.”
21 Queen Elizabeth has three generations of heirs: Prince Charles, who is now in his seventies, will be next to inherit; second in line is Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, who is married to Kate Middleton; and their son, George, became the third heir when he was born in 2013. Although her next three heirs to the throne happen to be male, the Queen has endorsed a plan to end gender discrimination in the line of succession.
22 Of all the monarchs currently alive in the world, Elizabeth II has been on her throne the longest, over 70 years. The second runner-up, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, falls short of the Queen’s reign by over 220 years.
23 Although the Queen shares a name with Elizabeth I, the 16th-century monarch after whom the “Elizabethan Era” is named, the two monarchs are not related. Elizabeth I was the last of the Tudor royal line, whereas the current Queen is a member of the Windsor family
24 Because she was in mourning for her father, Elizabeth spent the first three months of her reign in seclusion from the public.
25 Elizabeth’s WWII enlistment in the Women’s Auxiliary Territory Service earned her the media title of “Princess Auto Mechanic.”
26 Great Britain’s monarchs are exempt from paying taxes on their personal income; however, in 1992, Queen Elizabeth agreed to start paying, in response to public resentment over the royal lifestyle.[5]
27 There was a lot of public criticism of the royal family in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, especially when the Queen initially refused to fly the national flag over Buckingham Palace at half-staff
28 Being the Queen also means she is “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England”. These titles date back to the reign of King Henry VIII, who was initially granted the title Defender of the Faith in 1521, by Pope Leo X.
29 The Queen meets every week with the British prime minister, but no record is kept of the meeting, and neither party has ever disclosed what topics have been discussed nor the results of those discussions.
30 In addition to Elizabeth’s record as the longest-reigning monarch in British history, her husband, Prince Philip, carries the record for the longest-serving consort to a monarch.
31 For decades, the royal family has sent Christmas cards to anyone in Britain who first mails their own Christmas greeting to the palace.
32 The Queen has hosted Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, and Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the first men on the moon, at the Buckingham Palace.
33 In 2012, Elizabeth marked 60 years as a queen regnant in the British history. The Diamond Jubilee of the Queen was a multinational event celebrated throughout her realms, the Commonwealth and beyond. The last and the only other British ruler to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in 1897 was Queen Victoria.
34 It has also been reported that Prince Philip lovingly refers to his wife as “Cabbage.”
35 The Queen was tutored at home by Britain’s best tutors. She studied constitutional history and law as preparation for her future role, and took lessons in religion from the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was also taught by the vice provost of Eton College
36 Although they attended many of the same events as young children, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met officially in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Prince George, Duke of Kent.
37 Her crown snapped on her wedding day. The tiara that Queen Elizabeth II wore on her wedding day was made in 1919 for her grandmother, Queen Mary. On the day of her wedding, as a hairdresser was securing the veil with the tiara, the antique metal frame snapped. The Queen Mother reportedly told her daughter, “we have two hours and there are other tiaras.”
38 The Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, opened up to The Independent about Her Majesty’s drinking habits. “She takes a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and a lot of ice. She will take wine with lunch and a dry Martini and a glass of champagne in the evening.”
39 The Queen is never spotted without her handbag, and it’s not just to store her belongings. Her Majesty uses herbag as a way to signal her staff. It is said that if she places her bag on the table, it means that she wants to leave within five minutes. If she puts her bag on the floor, it shows she’s not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued.
40 Nobody has been doing diplomacy as long as Queen Elizabeth II—and her aides have revealed that she uses a set of secret signals with them. When she wants to leave a conversation, she twists her wedding ring.
41 Of course the Queen doesn’t use any old alarm clock. She is woken up each morning by a bagpiper, who plays outside of her window for 15 minutes every morning at 9 am. The player is known as “Piper to the Sovereign.”
42 On July 9, 1982, Queen Elizabeth woke early in the morning—and was greeted by a truly horrifying sight. Despite all the palace security, an intruder had made his way to her bedroom. She fled the room immediately, and called the palace switchboard twice for aide…but no one came. It was a terrifying incident, and it exposed major flaws in Buckingham Palace’s security system and staff.
43 Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. In measurements, the building is 108 metres long across the front, 120 metres deep (including the central quadrangle) and 24 metres high.  829,000 square feet
44 Elizabeth is famously image-conscious—and this desire for privacy began years earlier. During her childhood, a governess named Marion Crawford raised the future Queen and her sister Princess Margaret. When I say Crawford gave them her all, I really mean it. She remained in service to the royal family until Elizabeth’s marriage, and it came at a great sacrifice. Crawford delayed her own marriage for 16 years in order to dedicate her time to the girls—so what happened next was extra surprising.  She Betrayed Them. When Crawford retired, the royal family gave her a cottage on the grounds of the Kensington Palace—but when she betrayed the family, their reaction was absolutely brutal. Crawford began to publish an unfiltered column about her time with the Windsors and even wrote a book. Crawford moved to a cottage meters from the royal family’s home in Balmoral. Every year, she would watch as the royal family drove past her without ever stopping. Elizabeth never forgave her, and never spoke to her again. In her later years, Crawford attempted to take her own life. Years later, when she passed on, Elizabeth declined to send a wreath to her funeral. Ultimately, it came back to bite her. Her columns were found to be fraudulent when she reported the details of an event that had been canceled and she lost all her credibility.
45 Meghan Markle’s wedding dress reportedly scandalized Queen Elizabeth II—for one obvious but little-known reason. Markle’s elegant dress was white, and since she is a divorcee, the Queen was disappointed the bride didn’t pick a different color.
46 She was baptised by the Anglican Archbishop of York, Cosmo Gordon Lang, in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace on 29 May 1926[ and named Elizabeth after her mother, Alexandra after George V’s mother, who had died six months earlier, and Mary after her paternal grandmother.
47 Elizabeth’s only sibling, Princess Margaret, was born in 1930. The two princesses were educated at home under the supervision of their mother and their governess, Marion Crawford, who was casually known as “Crawfie”.Lessons concentrated on history, language, literature and music.
48 Following their wedding, the couple leased Windlesham Moor, near Windsor Castle, until July 1949, when they took up residence at Clarence House in London. At various times between 1949 and 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in the British Crown Colony of Malta as a serving Royal Navy officer. He and Elizabeth lived intermittently, for several months at a time, in the hamlet of Gwardamanġa, at Villa Guardamangia, the rented home of Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten. The children remained in Britain.
49 In an unusually personal speech, the Queen said that any institution must expect criticism, but suggested it be done with “a touch of humour, gentleness and understanding”. Two days later, the Prime Minister, John Major, announced reforms to the royal finances planned since the previous year, including the Queen paying income tax from 1993 onwards, and a reduction in the civil list.
50  1992 ended with a lawsuit as the Queen sued The Sun newspaper for breach of copyright when it published the text of her annual Christmas message two days before it was broadcast. The newspaper was forced to pay her legal fees and donated £200,000 to charity.
51 The Queen, who opened the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, also opened the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London, making her the first head of state to open two Olympic Games in two different countries.
52 Queen Elizabeth is said to own hundreds of handbags with more than 200 alone being by luxury London designer Launer, according to company CEO Gerald Bodmer. The average price tag for such an accessory is around £1,900.
53  Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle are privately owned by the Queen.
54 Tony Blair is the first Prime Minister to have been born during her reign. He was born in early May 1953, a month before her coronation.
55 The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, introduced small, informal luncheon parties at Buckingham Palace to meet distinguished people from all professions, trades and vocations. The first was held on May 11, 1956, and the tradition continues to this day. There are usually six to eight guests and two members of the royal household in attendance.
56 Elizabeth has visited Australia 16 times, Canada 22 times, Jamaica 6 times and New Zealand 10 times.
57 During Queen Elizabeth II reign there have been seven archbishops of Canterbury and seven popes,
58 Every year she sends Christmas trees to Westminster Abbey, Wellington Barracks, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Crathie Kirk and local schools and churches in the Sandringham area of England.
59 The Queen is a keen photographer and enjoys taking pictures of her family. The Duke of York is also a photography buff and has taken a number of photographs of Elizabeth, including an official photograph for Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002
60 Her racing colors consist of a purple body with gold braiding, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap with gold fringe.
61 2022 was only the 5th time in her reign that Queen Elizabeth has not given out Maundy Money at the Maundy Thursday service. Prince Charles did it on her behalf. Other times were: A few years into her reign, the Lord High Almoner, Michael Gresford Jones the Bishop of St Albans, represented the queen in 1954, when she was on her extensive Commonwealth tour. Six years later, the Queen Mother stood in for her daughter, who had given birth to the Duke of York in February 1960, two months before the service, and in 1964, the birth of the Earl of Wessex in March that year meant the queen’s role was filled by her aunt, Princess Mary. Six years later, the Queen Mother stood in for her daughter, who had given birth to the Duke of York in February 1960, two months before the service, and in 1964, the birth of the Earl of Wessex in March that year meant the queen’s role was filled by her aunt, Princess Mary. in 1970, the Queen Mother distributed the Maundy money on behalf of the queen who was on tour in New Zealand.
62 Her dressmakers over the years have included Sir Hardy Amies, Sir Norman Hartnell, Karl-Ludwig Couture and Maureen Rose. Her milliners have been Frederick Fox, Philip Somerville and Marie O’Regan.
63  Her wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold that came from the Clogau St. David’s mine near Dolgellau. Her official wedding cake was made by McVitie and Price Ltd., using ingredients given as a wedding gift by Australian Girl Guides.
64 She has visited the sets of a number of popular British soap operas, including Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale.
65 She once demoted a footman for giving her corgis whiskey.
66 As a young girl, Elizabeth acted in a number of pantomimes during World War II, including playing Prince Florizel in Cinderella in 1941. The productions took place every year in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle.
67 Among the many foreign journalists at the Coronation was Jacqueline Bouvier (later the First Lady of the United States of America, Jackie Kennedy), who was working for the Washington Times-Herald at the time.
68  Numerous official photographs were taken in Buckingham Palace after the Coronation, but the most memorable are those taken by Cecil Beaton. For his defining image he posed The Queen in front of a backdrop depicting Henry VII’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey.
69 For the Coronation Coronation Chicken was invented for the foreign guests who were to be entertained after the Coronation. The food had to be prepared in advance, and Florist Constance Spry proposed a recipe of cold chicken in a curry cream sauce with a well-seasoned dressed salad of rice, green peas and mixed herbs. Constance Spry’s recipe won the approval of the Minister of Works and has since been known as Coronation Chicken.
70 The Queen was the first monarch to appear on an English bank note in 1960 — her portrait featured on the new £1 note. Monarchs featured on Royal Bank of Scotland banknotes from 1727


A tale recalled by artist Juliet Pannett. “In one of the Queen’s stories, she told us she had been at Sandringham one day,” Pannett said. “They were having tea when they ran out of cake. So, the Queen said she had gone down to the local shop to buy some, wearing a head scarf. As she came out of the shop, an elderly lady said, ‘Good heavens, you look just like the queen.’ The Queen replied ‘How reassuring’ and just kept walking. It was a wonderful tale.”

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Happiness is…celebrating the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee.


An English tourist in a Cairo bazaar…

An English tourist in a Cairo bazaar was offered a large skull by a street-trader. “Dis de skull of great Queen Cleopatra, effendi,” said the Egyptian, “only one hundred English pounds.”


“No, thank you,” said the Englishman. “It’s far too expensive.”



“How ’bout dis one, effendi?” said the street-trader, producing a small skull.


“Whose skull is that?”


“Dis de skull of great Queen Cleopatra when she was little girl!”


Love is…seeing 70 years together.


“If you can’t get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.” —Mark Twain


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