queen elizabeth ii

On 21 April 2017, Queen Elizabeth II turned 91! 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.

Did you know that we have a FREE downloadable Queen Elizabeth II primary resource? Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents alike!

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!

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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”.

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 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

What do you think of our facts about the Queen? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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  • Charlie

    I like the queens sloths And how did she get them?

  • 5aqua

    awesome, beautiful lady

  • Sophia Yang

    She has sloths?????????????????

  • Eli

    The comic was cool! I really liked the facts as well.

  • filip

    that's a lot of animals she has! I don't even have a pet!

  • she is quite amazing

  • Pip

    WOW !!!!!

  • NusSye_01

    Omg, never knew this stuff!

  • lioness

    such interesting facts

  • tiarnan o sullivan

    the 15 facts were actually quite interesting. I thought it was going to be boring

  • Oscar

    She is a great queen

  • Olivia

    The queen is a great lady

  • Lovecats.co.uk

    Learning about the Queen was very interesting

  • natalie

    amazing and cooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jayan

    Awesome

  • Gurleen

    Amazing

  • Starlight

    I can't believe that Queen Elizabeth is 91 years old that is so amazing!

  • Lexieann

    It's good for getting facts

  • Amy

    I loved this. I learnt a lot from this.

  • cassandra

    It's so interesting!!!

  • It has made me learn a bit about the queen I love this website somuch

  • JKa72

    WoW learnt something new today!

  • Skye

    I love the Queen! Once I sent a letter and got a reply! How cool is that?

  • JK82

    So cool fun facts

  • William Tillman

    Very interesting highly fascinating

  • Choclover20

    Wow! All these fun facts were great! Thanks for teaching me something I didn't know.

  • Skye

    I new some facts but not all of the facts.

  • Deborah Walelu

    Very cool

  • Henry

    How old is she again?

  • ghostcat

    she has got lots of lovely pets. turtles are cool. i have a tortoise

  • Lu- lu

    Thank you

  • Zoe

    This is so very funny and informative!

  • Duchess Unicorn

    Fascinating! loved it never new most of those facts! hilarious!

  • Zoe Evans

    Really interesting facts about the queen

  • bethany

    in the past she has worked in a sweet store

  • loukasanderson

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

  • Iliketurtles

    Nice

  • Queen ElizaBeth

    I love you QUEEN

  • Olivia

    It is pretty intresting to know about these things

  • Queen victoria

    She is a great and loyal thing to me

  • Anna

    WOAH!! These facts are so cool

  • Peter Brookes

    Fantastic lady and the best head of state that my country has had God bless her.

  • Pixel

    She owns a pair of sloths omg!!!

  • haylee mansson

    did not know the queen had 2 bdays

  • Fareeda

    I didn't know that the Queen was born on the 21st of April 1926.

  • 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!

  • wow!!!!!!!!!!

    love

  • Finley

    Good facts

  • Areeb

    i wish to live in buckingham palace

  • 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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