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63 fun facts to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 63-year reign

At 5:30pm on Wednesday September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest ruling monarch. The Queen, 89, will take over the title from her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who, according to Buckingham Palace, reigned for exactly 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes. To celebrate Liz’s 63-year reign, here are 63 pub-trivia-worthy facts about Australia’s Head of State:

63 Fun Facts To Celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 63-year Reign

Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Braemar Highland Games on September 5 in Braemar, Scotland. Photo: Getty

1. She has a private ATM in the basement of Buckingham Palace.

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2. Her signature handbag is made by British luxury leather manufacturer Launer and costs 1000 ($2200).

3. She doesn’t have to pay tax. (But she has voluntarily chosen to do so since 1992.)

4. She was the oldest British monarch to celebrate her Golden Jubilee (in 2002).

5. She was also the oldest British monarch to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee (in 2012).

6. She is the patron of more than 600 charities and organisations.

7. British prime ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron were both born during her reign.

8. She was the first British monarch to celebrate a Diamond wedding anniversary.

9. She doesn’t need a driver’s licence.

10. She also doesn’t need to have a number plate on her car.

11. In 1976, she sent her first email (from a British army base).

12. She has attended 37 Royal Variety performances.

13. She is immune from prosecution.

14. She is exempt from Freedom of Information requests.

15. She has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign.

16. In 1999, The Sun claimed she demoted a footman after he gave her corgis whisky.

17. She has visited the sets of both Eastenders and Coronation Street.

18. In 2004, she hosted Buckingham Palace’s first female-only event, titled “Women of Achievement”.

19. She owns every dolphin, whale and sturgeon in British waters (thanks to a statute from 1324).

20. She also owns all of the swans in the River Thames.

21. She speaks fluent French.

22. She, along with the rest of the royal family, joined Facebook in 2010, although it is not possible to “poke” the royal family

23. She has visited Australia 16 times.

24. She has visited New Zealand 10 times.

25. She has visited Canada 22 times.

26. In an average year, she hosts more than 50,000 guests at Buckingham Palace

27. She was a Girl Guide.

28. She enjoys photography.

29. She swaps her handbag between arms to indicate to her staff that she is bored with talking to someone.

30. To tell her staff she wants to leave a dinner within five minutes, she places her handbag on the table.

31. She is the patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association.

32. The house in which she was born (17 Bruton St, Mayfair) is now a Chinese restaurant.

33. She didn’t release a Christmas message in 1969, because she felt the public had seen enough of her after a television documentary about her life was released earlier that year.

34. As a child she would call herself “Lilibet”, as “Elizabeth” was too hard to pronounce.

35. She worked as a mechanic and truck driver with the Women’s Auxilliary Territorial Service during World War II.

36. She is the first monarch to have seen three of her children divorce.

37. She has an estimated personal net wealth of 300 million ($659 million).

38. She has sat for at least 130 official portraits during her reign.

39. She has answered more than three and a half million items of correspondence during her time as monarch.

40. When one of her corgis mated with Princess Margaret’s daschund, the sisters created a new breed of dog called a dorgi.

41. In 2014, she sent 7517 100th birthday cards to people in Britain.

42. It is estimated that she has sent more than 175,000 100th birthday cards to people across the Commonwealth during her reign.

43. She has preceded over the loss of more territory than any other British monarch.

44. She was the first monarch to let the public into Buckingham Palace (their entrance fees funded reparations to Windsor Castle after a 1992 fire).

45. She has seen 12 different British prime ministers during her reign.

46. She has visited both Cocos Island (population 596) and China (population 1.3 billion).

47. She is entitled to two birthdays each year (her actual birthday on April 21, and her official birthday on a Saturday in June).

48. She does not have a passport.

49. She cannot be compelled to give evidence in court.

50. She once received a jaguar as a present from Brazil (it now resides in London Zoo).

51. The two black beavers she received from Canada are also housed at the zoo.

52. She collected post-war clothing coupons to buy her wedding dress.

53. While collecting coupons, many women sent her their own coupons, however she had to return them.

54. Her wedding dress was white satin and designed by Sir Norman Hartnell.

55. She has been depicted in 23 different waxworks at Madam Tussauds.

56. She has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

57. Her coronation was the first ever to be televised.

58. She was also the first British royal to ever be the subject of a television documentary: Royal Family (1969).

59. She has about 25 horses in training for each racing season.

60. In 2014 she visited the set of Game of Thrones[1] in Northern Ireland.

61. She has taken the salute in every annual Trooping the Colour ceremony since the start of her reign (with the exception of 1955, when a train strike forced the ceremony to be cancelled).

62. She has visited 116 countries during 265 official visits since she took the throne in 1952, making her the most-travelled monarch in history.

63. She starts every morning with a cup of Darjeeling tea at 7:30.

References

  1. ^ Game of Thrones (www.smh.com.au)

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