Born with a silver spoon is just a simple proverb for most of us here. This proverb suits well to a person who is living his/her life in a complete luxury. Queen Elizabeth, one such person is the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 6 February 1952 which makes her hold the throne for 65 years.
Let’s see some unknown facts about her.
Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21 April 192 in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She got married in 1947 to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew; Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
On September 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth broke the record set by her great-great grandmother to become Britain’s longest serving monarch. Since her coronation, Queen Elizabeth has conferred over 404,500 honors and awards. She is the 40th monarch of Britain. She is on the throne for so long that 81% of UK residents weren’t alive when Elizabeth ascended the throne.
Even though, Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is on April 21, the country officially doesn’t celebrate until its June. The reason behind this is, Monarch who has their birthday on colder months schedule an additional birthday when the weather is better to call for a parade celebration. Because of this, Elizabeth also celebrates her official birthday in June, this year on June 17.
One of the funny facts about the queen is that she introduced an entirely new breed of dog called “dorgi” which the cross between her Corgi and Dachshund. Her father gifted her a corgi named “Susan” on her 18th Birthday.
Back in olden days, Swans were considered delicacy. Hence in 12th century, the British Monarchy laid claim to “all mute swans”. Still Queen Elizabeth holds this claim despite she doesn’t eat them. Also the queen has claim of “fishes royal” which includes all dolphins, sturgeon, whales and porpoises that reside in the waters around the UK.
Even though the personal fortune of Queen Elizabeth is estimated as £340 million (about $414.7 million) she has failed to enter the Sunday Times’s list of the 300 wealthiest Brits.
The Queen Elizabeth has been portrayed as the character in more than 100 TV shows and movies.
Despite the fact that she is pretty comfortable behind the wheels, she doesn’t have a passport or driver’s licence. Since both the passports and driver’s licences were issued in the name of the queen.
One of the interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth lies in her “handbag” to deliver secret messages to her staffs. It has been said that if she places her handbag on the table, she wants the event to end within the next five minutes and if she places it on the floor, she wants her to be rescued from current conversation.