Salutations. By now you know that Queen Elizabeth is the longest serving monarch in Britain EVER. Born in 1926 as Princess Elizabeth Alexander Mary, it was not expected that she would one day inherit the throne/live forever. However, with the abdication crisis-her dear old dad, became king-which meant that his eldest child (Elizabeth) would one day inherit the throne. So, it was really by ‘accident’ she became queen. But I must say, she is terribly good at it and doing quite a smashing good job at being Queen. Here are 9 things you probably don’t know about Queen Elizabeth II.
- The Queen speaks fluent French and will often speak French during State visits or engagements. French engagements, that is. She does not even need an interpreter.
- During her reign, the Queen has received over 3.5 million letters.
- The Queen is the ONLY monarch (and person, as far as I am concerned) who knows how to change a spark plug. Yes. This is because she received driving and mechanic training as a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. And she can change a tire/tyre as well. Yes. You go, girl.
5. The Queen has met many astronauts-including: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin (pictured below) , Yuri Gargarin (the first man in space) and others as well. And for those of you who know me, you will know that Yuri Gargarin holds a special place in my heart. Yes.
6. The Queen will almost always wear the same pair of earrings. Pictures do not lie.
7. The Queen owns ALL of the swans in the UK. How great is that? Great perk of the job. Queen Elizabeth legally owns all the thousands of swans that roam and wander around Britain’s waterways.
8. The Queen is a couch potato. Allow me to rephrase that. The Queen enjoys watching: Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. Ok, I made the last two up…but you never know. She could be a fan of those shows-who isn’t?
9. The Queen is a GREAT mimic. How funny. Oh sure, she looks pretty serious all the time but she has been known to mimic others (in private company of course). The Queen has been known to mimic other members of the Royal Family, world leaders and even the sound of the Concorde landing (now grounded).