On 21 April 2019, Queen Elizabeth II turned 93! From creating her own breed of dog to sending 50,000 Christmas cards, Her Majesty’s certainly been busy over the years.
Join us on a trip back through history to discover our favourite facts about the Queen.
1. Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 to parents the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).
2. She was crowned Queen on 2 June 1953 and was watched by a TV audience of 20 million people.
3. She is the longest reigning monarch ever in Britain, beating even Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandma!).
4. As Queen, she has been served by 14 UK Prime Ministers, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and more recently, Boris Johnson.
5. Her favourite dogs are corgis. She even invented a new breed of dog when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, creating the “dorgi”.
6. She’s the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a licence, and she still drives to this day!
7. The Queen has two birthdays. Her actual birthday – 21 April – and her official birthday, which is held on a Saturday in June – when the weather’s better!
8. The Queen’s birthplace is now a fancy Cantonese restaurant, called Hakkasan, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair – we hope she likes a takeaway!