Queen Elizabeth II Facts

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Queen Elizabeth II Facts

From February 1952 until her death in 2022, Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) was Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, and other Commonwealth realms. In history, no female head of state has reigned longer than her 70 years and 214 days. At the age of 96, Elizabeth died on September 8, 2022.

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Discover some interesting and fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth II below.

1. In 1926, she was born at 2.40 am to the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

2. Her Majesty wasn’t born an heir apparent to the throne. Princess Elizabeth was a relatively minor royal for the first ten years of her life, akin to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York today. But when her grandfather, King George V, died in 1936, everything changed.

Almost a year after inheriting the throne, Elizabeth's uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated so that he could marry an American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Due to Edward's lack of children, his brother Albert (Elizabeth's father) became king, taking the name George VI and making Elizabeth the first in line for the throne.

3. A TV audience of 20 million people watched her crowned Queen on June 2, 1953. She was against her coronation being televised.

4. In British history, Queen Elizabeth II reigned for the longest period of time. During her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, she celebrated 70 years on the throne.

5. During her reign, she was served by 15 UK Prime Ministers, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson, and the newly appointed prime minister Liz Truss.

6. In 1945, when she was 18 years old, Elizabeth joined the women's Auxiliary Territorial Service and trained as a truck driver and mechanic. Until her death, Queen Elizabeth II was the only living head of state who served in World War II and was a member of the Royal Family.

7. Corgis were her favorite dogs. By breeding her corgi with a dachshund owned by Princess Margaret, she even created a new breed of dog, the "dorgi".

8. She was a huge fan of James Bond. In a 2012 London Olympics vignette, Queen Elizabeth starred opposite legendary 007 actor Daniel Craig.

9. Even in her elder years, she kept driving without a license. She was the only person in the UK who could do so.

10. There were two birthdays for Queen Elizabeth II. She celebrated her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June, when the weather is more pleasant.

11. In 1976, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first email, and in 2019, she published her first Instagram post.

12. Some of her hobbies include horseback riding, pigeon racing, and football - she supports the Arsenal Football Club.

13. At the age of six, Queen Elizabeth became a homeowner. She was given a house at Windsor's Royal Lodge by the people of Wales. Y Bwthyn Bach, which means "little cottage", was the name given to the building.

14. Around 50,000 Christmas cards were sent by Queen Elizabeth II during her lifetime.

15. A jaguar, a pair of sloths, two giant turtles, and an elephant were among her animals given to her as gifts from people around the world. They are located at the London Zoo.

16. During the Second World War, Princess Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast in October 1940.

17. Queen Elizabeth II had 4 children; King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

We hope these facts about Queen Elizabeth II are educational as we pay our respects to the late monarch.