#BIRTHDAYTRIVIA: 15 FUN FACTS ABOUT QUEEN ELIZABETH

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.

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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!

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9. The Queen published her first Instagram post in 2019!
10. She has many hobbies, including horse riding, pigeon racing, and football – she’s an Arsenal supporter!
11. Queen Elizabeth became a homeowner at just six years old when the people of Wales gifted her a house in the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge. Named Y Bwthyn Bach, it means “little cottage”.
12. The Queen has sent around 50,000 Christmas cards – and counting!
13. She owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths, all presents from other countries, all of which live in London Zoo.
14. Princess Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast in October 1940, during the Second World War.
15. Even the monarch can go undercover sometimes. On a recent low-key trip to Scotland, she met some American tourists while walking. When the tourists asked if she lived locally, she mentioned that she had a house nearby, and when asked if she’d ever met the Queen she simply pointed at her security and said, “No, but he has!”

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