In honour of her majesty’s birthday, we’ve collated a list of 15 interesting titbits about our reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
1. There are only five monarchs who have served Britain for over 50 years: Queen Victoria (63 years), King George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), James VI Scotland or James I England (58 years) and Queen Elizabeth II has reigned the longest at 65 years.
2. The Queen has been replicated 23 times in wax by Madame Tussaud.
3. So far, the Queen has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
4. Queen Elizabeth II is probably the only monarch who knows how to change a flat tyre or a spark plug after serving in the ATS as 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Windsor
Image: Princess Elizabeth in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, April 1945, Wikimedia Commons
5. TheImperial State Crown the Queen wears at the state opening of parliament has 2,868 diamonds embedded in it.
6. Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign. She only has two now named Holly and Willow.
7. The Queen also owns a few exotic animals that are housed at London Zoo including a sloth, a beaver and a jaguar.
8. The Queen is the owner of every unmarked, mute swan in open water.
9. There have been 13 different US presidents during her time: Harry S Truman (1945-53), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961), John F Kennedy (1961-63), Lyndon B Johnson (1963-69), Richard Nixon (1969-74), Gerald Ford (1974-77), Jimmy Carter (1977-81), Ronald Reagan (1981-89), George H. W. Bush (1989-1993), Bill Clinton (1993-2001), George W. Bush (2001-2009), Barack Obama (2009- 2015) and Donald Trump (present).
10. The Queen’s wedding cake was made with ingredients from the Australian Girl Guides Association.
11. Elizabeth II paid for her wedding dress with clothing coupons.
Image: Elizabeth and Phillip, Wikimedia Commons
12. The Queen met the first man in space cosmonaut: Yuri Gagarin, the first woman in space: cosmonaut Valnetina Tereshkova and the first man on the moon American Neil Armstrong.
13. The Queen has had her portrait painted 130 times. She sat for her first portrait when she was just 7 years old.
14. The Queen’s name in Maori is ‘Kotuku’ which translates to: ‘the white heron.’
Image: Elizabeth in New Zealand, Flikr
15. The Queen has taken the salute in every Trooping of the Colours Ceremony since the beginning of her reign, bar once in 1955 when a national rail strike forced the cancellation of the event.
Happy Birthday, Elizabeth.
Australia loves you.
Header: Queen Elizabeth II, Shutterstock