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Queen Elizabeth II was crowned 👑 on 2 June, 1953. Her Majesty the Queen is the longest-reigning monarch in the UK history, which means that she has done a lot over her 90 years of age and 63 years of reigning.
I came across a very intriguing website called Keeping up with the Queen:
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at my age, the Queen was… OR
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What do you know about Queen Elizabeth II?
4 facts you probably didn’t know about the Queen:
An unlikely queen
Elizabeth was not expected to become queen. The first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth), Elizabeth stood third in line to the throne after her uncle, Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, the Duke of York.
However, when Elizabeth’s uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 in order to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson, Elizabeth’s father acceded to the throne and Elizabeth became first in line.
Elizabeth acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952.
For a bill to become an act of law, it must first be passed by both the houses of Lords and Commons, and then receive royal assent from the Queen.
Since 1952, the Queen has given royal assent to more than 3,500 acts of parliament.
The queen has, over the course of her reign, held regular evening meetings with 12 British prime ministers. Tony Blair was the first prime minister to have been born during Elizabeth’s reign – in May 1953, just a month before the Queen’s coronation.
Interestingly, there have also been 12 US presidents during the queen’s reign: Harry S Truman (1945–53); Dwight D Eisenhower (1953–61); John F Kennedy (1961–63); Lyndon B Johnson (1963–69); Richard Nixon (1969–74); Gerald Ford (1974–77); Jimmy Carter (1977–81); Ronald Reagan (1981–89); George H W Bush (1989–93); Bill Clinton (1993–2001); George W Bush (2001–09) and Barack Obama (2009–present).
Elizabeth II is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England on Christmas Day 1066. She is also the oldest monarch to have celebrated a Golden Jubilee (in 2002 at the age of 76) – the youngest was James VI and I, at the age of 51. Elizabeth was also the first British monarch to celebrate her diamond wedding anniversary , on 20 November 2007.
Only five other kings and queens in British history have reigned for 50 years or more. They are: Victoria, who reigned for 63 years; George III (59 years); Henry III (56 years); Edward III (50 years) and James VI and I (58 years).
8 Surprising Facts About Queen Elizabeth II
In honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, TIME has rounded up some of the most surprising facts about the personality of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and her reign in general:
• She became the first reigning Sovereign to have a child since Queen Victoria when she gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960.
• There is a practical reason for her monochromatic outfits . “You have to be able to see that figure in a lemon coat (see image below) and hat from far away,” Hugo Vickers, author of Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, told the New York Times.
• She loves watching Downton Abbey and revels in spotting historical errors on the show on occasion, biographer Brian Hoey, who wrote At Home With The Queen, told People.
• In 1982, an intruder scaled Buckingham Palace and entered her bedroom. They had a 10-minute conversation before she called up security. Initially charged with burglary for drinking a bottle of Prince Charles’s wine, he was acquitted by a London jury.
• A 116-year-old Canadian man was the oldest person she has ever written a letter to, and that was in December 1984.
• Photography is one of her hobbies.
• She has about 200 racing pigeons.
• Some of the most unusual gifts she has received during her reign include: two live tortoises and a 7-year-old bull elephant named “Jumbo.”
* Learn how to pronounce “tortoise” /ˈtɔːtəs/:
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