As the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has become a global icon who upholds the core values that the crown demands. Throughout her lifetime, she’s encountered war, accumulated a bevy of unique pets, and sent out the first royal email, among other surprising facts. In honor of Her Majesty entering her 67th year on the throne, CR has gathered some of the most memorable and meaningful moments of the 92-year-old queen’s life to date.
The Queen has always been an animal lover. She is often pictured with two to three dogs trailing behind her and in her lifetime, she has had over 30 corgis, all from the same breed line. Her last corgi, Whisper, unfortunately passed away in October 2018.
Even though Queen Elizabeth officially met Prince Phillip at age eight, they didn’t begin to fall for each other until she was thirteen when they first began their romance as pen pals.
While most of us celebrate our birthday on one date, once a year, the Queen celebrates two. Her actual birthdate is April 21st, but she officially celebrates it sometime in June, typically on the second Saturday.
The Queen was homeschooled in Buckingham Palace and learned constitutional history and law by private tutors and teachers.
Her love for animals also extended to horses, which the Queen used to ride quite often in her younger years. She would also watch watch the thoroughbreds she breeds in the races.
Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are actually related. They are third cousins and share a direct bloodline to Queen Victoria, who was their great great-grandmother.
In 1945, the Queen became the first female member of the Royal Family to join the military, where she learned how to drive and service the vehicles.
At the end of WWII in 1945, the Queen and Princess Margaret were so excited by the news of the finished war that they partied in the streets of London.
She and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947. During the postwar era, the Queen had to save up ration coupons for the material of her dress, which was designed by Norman Hartnell.
It is reported that Her Majesty has over 200 of the same black Launer handbag. She is never caught without it and often uses it to signal her staff on if she’s ready to leave or is done speaking to you.
Those who ascend onto the throne typically choose another name to reign under, called a regnal name. Queen Elizabeth chose her first name, making her the third in British Royalty to do so.
Queen Elizabeth wasn’t in line for the throne until 1936 when her uncle Edward VIII abdicated the throne, thus forcing his brother George VI to take the throne and making her next in line.
Since all of Great Britain’s passports are issued by Her Majesty, the Queen doesn’t need one. She also doesn’t have a driver’s license or a license’s plate either.
For the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Queen Elizabeth shot a short film with Daniel Craig in which the two appeared to jump out of a helicopter over London to mark the beginning of the games.
During her reign alone, Her Majesty has made over 260 oversea visits to over 115 countries (all without a passport may we remind you.)
In 2017, the Queen reached another milestone, making her the first ever monarch to reach her Sapphire Jubilee by serving 65 years on the throne.
Taking place in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, the coronation was shown on the BBC network and was watched by millions across the world, making it one of the first world events to be televised.
Back in 2015, Her Majesty became the longest reigning monarch, just after Queen Victoria.
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