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10 bizarre facts about Queen Elizabeth II that will shock you!



Queen Elizabeth II is not like us, at least not in terms of powers and privileges she enjoys. The life she lives you may also called it as a ‘fairy-tale’ life. We agree that she is the British Head of State and is largely ceremonial. For instance, if the British Government does anything from signing a treaty to declaring a war she is officially held responsible. But trust us, she holds some amazing unique (some truly bizarre) powers that may put you in depression for hours.

No driving license needed
You read it right. The queen doesn’t need a driving license or a number plate on her cars. In fact, a driving license is already issued in the Queen’s name. Queen Elizabeth II learned to drive during the World War II when she directed a first aid truck for the Women’s Auxillary Territorial Service. It is also said that she surprised King Abdullah of Jordan with driving skills in 1998.

No passport, either
Queen doesn’t need a passport to travel. We are not sure what she uses as her travel documents as she is seen in other countries several times.

Two birthdays
Birthday(s) -actual and official -are celebrated twice a year of the queen. The official birthday is a tradition of the royal family and is being celebrated every year on a Saturday in June. Her actual birthday is on April 21. Both the birthdays are celebrated in a grand fervour. Her actual birthday is celebrated by gun salutes in Hyde Park, Windsor Great park and Tower of London. While her official birthday is celebrated with a colour parade.

Private ATM
Well, this is a true liberty. The queen has her own cash machine provided by Coutts and is installed in the basement of Buckingham Palace.

Owns all swans and dolphins..
All the swans in the River Thames and all the dolphins in British waters belong to her. An annual five-day tradition called ‘Swan Upping’ is held every year, where swans are held, ringed and set free again as a part of census of the swan population. The queen also technically owns all dolphins, whales and sturgeons in the waters around the UK.

Also the Queen of Australia
The Queen is also the Head of State in Australia and has the power to fire the entire Australian government. In addition, she is also the Head of State in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

Immune from prosecution
She is immune to prosecution and cannot be compelled to give evidence in court as all the prosecutions are carried out in the name of the Sovereign.

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