7 things you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II became 96 years old on April 21 and the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Elizabeth first met Prince Philip in 1934 when she was eight years old and he was 13. It was at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (Philip’s cousin) and Prince George, Duke of Kent (Elizabeth’s uncle).
However, it was five years later, when they met again at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth that they became friends and began exchanging letters. She was then 13 and the Prince 18. They married in Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947. They were married for 74 years before the Duke’s death in 2021, aged 99.
1)she uses her hand bag to send signal to her staffs.
there is one thing about The Queen, you never catch her without her purses and bags. She reported owns 200 types of the same type of handbags.
Ever wonder what’s in it? A royal historian says that there is usually lipstick, a mirror, mint, reading glasses, a pen and some money when she is going to church on Sundays.
What are some of the bag signals she sends to a staff member?
- If she moves her bag from one hand to the other then it means she wants to end that conversation and move on. So, a staff member will come up to her and provide a plausible excuse, like, ‘The Duke of Cambridge sends an important message” and she uses that cue to move on.
- If she puts her bag on the floor, she is not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued.
- If she puts her bag on the table, she wants the event to end in five minutes.
2. The Queen does not have a passport or driver’s license
Yes! Isn’t that a dream life? The Queen can travel to any country she wants without a passport. She and her forefathers colonized half the world, so that is no surprise.
She also doesn’t have a driver’s license or a license plate – talk about freedom of movement.
3. She never went to school
Well, The Queen is not a graduate but she was homeschooled by private tutors. She began Queen training at the age of 14 years old.
Her family probably never saw the need for her to go to a traditional school.
4.she doesn’t go by her last name
Her birth name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, but no one calls her that.
She goes by her official title which is, “Elizabeth, the second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith.”
She was fondly called Lilibet by her late husband, Prince Philip.
5)Elizabeth had one sibling
The Queen had a younger sister, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. She died in 2002. She was hailed as one of the most popular royals in modern history. This was due to her alleged haughtiness and spiky personality.
6) She tested positive for COVID-19
The Queen tested positive for COVID-19 in February 2022.
7)she ruled for 70years.
Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1953 at the age of 27, after the death of her father, King George VI.
She ruled Britain for 70 years and seven months and was the country’s longest-serving monarch.