‘God save the Queen’ is the UK’s national anthem and it is treated as such when England is represented at sporting events (though there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, in cricket ‘Jurasalem’ is used instead. That being said, The Queen’s birthday is next month. She is ageing gracefully, I must say. Anyway, here are 10 facts that you might not know about the Queen. You are welcome.
1. The Queen is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror became King of England in 1066. I hope you know what else happened in 1066. Knowledge is power, people.
2. The Queen was born on 21 April, 1926, but her official birthday is celebrated in June.
3. The Queen has been at the saluting base of her troops in every Trooping the Colour ceremony since the start of her reign, with the exception of 1955, when a national rail strike forced the parade’s cancellation. Trooping the Colour? I have previously blogged about this. You should check it out.
4. Every year The Queen sends Christmas trees to Westminster Abbe,Wellington Barracks, St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Giles and The Canongate Kirk (Edinburgh), Crathie Church, and local Sandringham schools and churches. Just. So. Generous.
5. The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary. Nice.
6. The Queen’s platinum and diamond engagement ring was made by jewellers Philip Antrobus Ltd, using diamonds from a tiara belonging to Prince Philip’s mother.
7. The Queen sent her first email in 1976 from an army base. Hold the phone. Email was around in 1976?
8. The Queen has sat for over 130 portraits during her reign, painted in a variety of styles.
9. The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. Her Majesty currently has two corgis – Willow and Holly.
10. On 9 September 2015 the Queen became the longest reigning monarch in British history — overtaking Queen Victoria’s record.
The Queen in 1966