The UK royalty has always been an intriguing matter for the world, be it the Queen’s birthday, or a royal wedding or the birth of a prince/princess. The world has always been in awe of the British royal family.
If you are wondering why suddenly we are taking so much interest in the house of Windsor, it’s because, it was today, 66 years ago that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II acceded the throne. Following the death of her father, King George VI, on 6th February 1952, Queen Elizabeth, acceded the throne, while she was on a royal visit to Kenya. She was crowned on 2nd June 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest living serving monarch in October 2016, after Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyade passed away.
To commemorate the 66th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession of the throne, we thought why not give you a few unique facts about the Queen and the Royal family. So, here we go:
Did you know?
The Queen is the only person in the UK who doesn’t need a license to drive. Queen Elizabeth II is the patron for more than 620 charities and organisations.
She speaks fluent French.
She was 2 years old when her first wax statue was displayed at Madame Tussauds.
Queen Elizabeth II is the only surviving world leader who served in World War II.
She was 18 when she joined the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service during the second World War.
She served as a mechanic and military truck driver.
In 1960, with the birth of Prince Andrew, the Queen became the first reigning monarch since Queen Victoria, to have a child.
She is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.
Over the course of her reign, the Queen has given her counsel to 13 British Prime Ministers.
She doesn’t need a passport.
During her birthday parade in June 1981, the Queen was shot at three times by teenager Marcus Sarjeant.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her twice, once on 21st April (her actual birthday) and once in June ( her official birthday).
The Queen has opened Parliament every year except 1959 and 1963, when she was expecting her children, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, respectively.
The Queen’s Imperial State Crown is made up of 2,868 diamonds.
She has sat for almost 130 official portraits.
The Queen is the recipient of an honorary Bafta.
The Queen had to use ration coupons to buy the material for her wedding dress.
She sent a congratulatory message to Apollo 11 astronauts for the first Moon landing in 1969.
The Queen has undertaken over 256 official overseas visits to 129 different countries, during her reign.
The queen has quite a few unusual pets. She has jaguars, sloths, black beavers and tortoises. She has received most of these animals as gifts.
Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch to travel to the Middle East.
In her first ever radio broadcast in 1940, the Queen gave her support to the children affected by World War II.
In her 66 years as a monarch, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have sent more than 45,000 Christmas Cards.
The Queen has visited the set of Eastenders.
Information and cover image sourced from ibt