queen elizabeth ii

On 21 April 2016, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90! From creating her own breed of dog to sending 50,000 Christmas cards, Her Majesty’s certainly been busy over the years.

Join us on a trip back through history to discover our favourite facts about the Queen.

15 facts about the Queen

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1. Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926

To parents the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother)

2. She was crowned Queen on 2 June 1953

Watched by a TV audience of 20 million people

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3. She is the longest reigning monarch ever in Britain

Beating even Queen Victoria (her great-grandma!)

4. As Queen, she has seen 12 UK Prime Ministers come to power

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5. Her favourite dogs are corgis

She even invented a new breed of dog when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, creating the “dorgi”.

6. She’s the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a licence

And she still drives to this day!

7. The Queen has two birthdays

Her actual birthday – 21 April – and her official birthday, which is held on a Saturday in June – when the weather’s better!

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8. The Queen’s birthplace is now a fancy Cantonese restaurant

Called Hakkasan, at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair – we hope she likes a takeaway!

9. The Queen first sent an email in 1976!

queen elizabeth ii coronation

10. She has many hobbies

Including horse riding, pigeon racing, and football – she’s an Arsenal supporter!

11. Queen Elizabeth became a homeowner at just six years old

When the people of Wales gifted her a house in the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge. Named Y Bwthyn Bach, it means “little cottage”.

queen-elizabeths ii and prince george

 12. The Queen has sent around 50,000 Christmas cards

– and counting!

13. She owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths

Presents from other countries, all of which live in London Zoo.

queen elizabeth ii and corgis

14. Princess Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast in October 1940, during the Second World War.

15. Even the monarch can go undercover sometimes

On a recent low-key trip to Scotland, she met some American tourists while walking. Asked if she lived round here, she mentioned that she had a house nearby, and when asked if she’d ever met the Queen she simply pointed at her policeman and said, “No, but he has!”

Check out our cool comic about Queen Elizabeth II

… and print it out, here!

queen elizabeth ii comic

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  • Niamh wilde

    I love the queen her favourite Color is yellow

  • Srut

    I can not believe the fact that she is the longest reigning monarch ever!

  • Finley

    Good facts

  • colar

    great

  • Ali

    Lol

  • Jelly bean

    I never new that

  • kieran111

    I like this Thank you

  • LucaFowles123

    cool

  • Monkey apricot blue 123

    Fascinating!

  • Giraffe4ever

    Happy birthday your majesty. I never knew all of those amazing facts about our queen.

  • Hettty

    This is awesome

  • jfvhfbvhbf

    I am very happy that you support arsenal.

  • splashel

    LOL

  • rory05

    Awesome

  • OYIN

    she must be so proud of herself

  • dragon

    lol

  • SHADOWOWL-123-ABC-OMG

    SO INTERESTING AND RESOURCEFUL!!!!! LOL!

  • elaphant

    Cool

  • NR

    She is nice and talented

  • Boo2-boo

    Wow I did not know this before

  • krish29243

    amizaing

  • xoxHanahxox

    These facts are just awsome even I like football too

  • Dragonphant

    Really liked. Amazing, ng kids.

  • CALLUM123

    cool facts

  • iloveguineapigs

    could be bigger

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