The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, is the most celebrated monarch in the world and also Britain’s longest-serving ruler. She was just 25 when she was handed the responsibility of the country after the World War II. In 1937, as an 11-year-old princess she had watched her father King George VI crowned and 16 years later on June 2, 1953, Elizabeth had her own official coronation. We all are aware of the lavish lives of the members of the royal family. You might be aware of the fact that the Queen needs to license to drive or no passport to fly. Well, these are among the many privileges that Queen Elizabeth II has. Did you know she invented a new breed of dog named ‘dorgi’ when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister Princess Margaret? As the Queen celebrates her 92nd birthday on April 21, 2018, we bring to you 10 interesting facts about the Queen. Here you go.
Her birthplace is now a fancy restaurant
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926, to Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Her birthplace in Mayfair is now transformed into a fancy Cantonese restaurant called Hakkasan.
Celebrates birthday twice
Though the Queen’s actual birthday is on April 21, the celebration is held twice. The second celebration takes place on a Saturday in June which is her official birthday. The second birthday was started as a tradition since 1784 because London’s weather dampens the military celebratory parade of not held in a climate-friendly month.
Didn’t go to school
Elizabeth II was tutored at home by different teachers at home, including Henry Marten, vice-provost of Eton College. She was also given private religion lessons by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
First radio broadcast
She made her first radio broadcast in 1940, during the World War II.
Following the death of the Queen’s grandfather George V, her uncle King Edward VIII was crowned king. Edward fell in love with an American divorcee Wallis Simpson and to marry her he had to surrender his crown. Hence, her father became King George VI, making way for Elizabeth to become the queen.
Feel in love with her cousin
Prince Philip was Elizabeth’s distant cousin – Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the great-great-grandparents of both. She was 13 when she fell in love with Philip and never fell for another man. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017.
Paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons
Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947. The ceremony was held during World War II post recovery years. Hence the wedding was relatively an understated affair. She saved her ration coupons to purchase a material for her wedding gown. Her ivory satin gown was designed by Norman Hartnell.
Gandhi’s present was termed ‘indelicate’
The Queen has been bestowed with several gifts during her reign. According to the BBC’s royal correspondent at the time, Mahatma Gandhi gifted Elizabeth II a hand-spun tray cover as a wedding gift. Queen Mary, Elizabeth’s mother, mistook the lace for Gandhi’s loincloth and termed it ‘indelicate’.
Shot at by a teenager
On June 13, 1981, during her official birthday celebration, she was shot by 17-year-old Marcus Sarjeant, in a parade near Buckingham Palace. Sarjeant idolised the assassins of John Lennon and John F Kenndy. He shot six shots in the Queen’s direction, fortunately, she escaped unhurt. He was subdued by the police.
On a trip to Scotland, the Queen met some American tourists while walking. The tourists asked her if she lived around to which she replied that she had a house nearby. Later they asked her if she had met the Queen, she simply pointed at her policeman and said, “No, but he has!”