On 21 April 2020, Queen Elizabeth II turned 94! 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.

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

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3. She is the longest reigning monarch ever in Britain

Beating even Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandma!).

4. As Queen, she has been served by 14 UK Prime Ministers

Including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and more recently, Boris Johnson.

Facts about the Queen: Elizabeth II pictured with Winston Churchill

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

… and published her first Instagram post in 2019!

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. When the tourists asked if she lived locally, she mentioned that she had a house nearby, and when asked if she’d ever met the Queen she simply pointed at her security 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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  • Good job your smart

  • jirafe lover

    so lovely and amazing I loved it I say a very big thank you to national geographic and I love you guys

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  • Extremely Interesting

  • COOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maya

    i always wanted to know about Queen Elizabeth ll and these facts are awsome

  • Nina

    this is very interesting

  • Peter Garth

    Our Queen is one very smart Lady

  • Natalie Singh

    Hi I am a really big fan of queen Elizabeth and I wanna be a queen when I grow up. Queen Elizabeth is my idol also.

  • skye

    i didn't even know one of those facts! these were mind blowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aliyah

    The queen is nice

  • 1539

    interesting

  • Jasmin

    This is amazing! I never knew that the queen owned an elephant, twin turtles a jaguar and a pair of sloths! I wonder what there names are. I’d call on Jerry

  • EMMA

    So much facts trying to keep them in my head.

  • Littlecutetortoise22

    WOW I L-O-V-E-D reading these the queen was born on the 21st and became 90 on the 21st too!

  • Karlia

    I think the facts are pretty cool, I Love the Queen because she has some of the same hobbies as me. She has the same name as the little girl in the movie Drop dead Fred. Please bring the Queen to Mackay so I can meet her.

  • yamine

    how come she survived the 2 world wars BTW there's the royal wedding in the 19th of may that's after SATS and on that day its my birthday yyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!

  • yamine

    I didn't knew that the queen had an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths!!!!!!!!! amazing