39 Facts About The Longest Reigning Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

We have been Tweeting daily facts about our Queen in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reaching an incredible milestone today and becoming the longest reigning British Monarch.

Learn a little about our incredible Monarch with our 39 facts! 

Queen Elizabeth II is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror obtained the crown of England.


The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London.


She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.


Princess Elizabeth enrolled as a Girl Guide when she was eleven, and later became a Sea Ranger.


The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.


Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met when they attended the wedding of Prince Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent, who was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth, in 1934.


The platinum and diamond engagement ring was made by the jewellers, Philip Antrobus Ltd, using diamonds from a tiara belonging to Prince Philip’s mother.


The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were married in Westminster Abbey on the 20th November, 1947 at 11.30am with 2000 invited guests.


The Queen’s wedding dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. Norman Hartnell submitted designs for the dress in August 1947


The fabric for the dress was woven at Winterthur Silks Limited, Dunfermline, in the Canmore factory, using silk that had come from Chinese silkworms at Lullingstone Castle.


Early in 1948 the couple leased their first marital home, Windlesham Moor, in Surrey, near Windsor Castle, where they stayed until they moved to Clarence House on 4th July 1949.


Prince Philip was the first subject to pay Homage to Her Majesty, and kiss the newly crowned Queen 


Prince Philip has accompanied The Queen on all her Commonwealth tours and State visits, as well as on public engagements in all parts of the UK.


The Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. It was a solemn ceremony conducted by Dr Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury.


The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have four children: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b. 1948), Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b. 1950), Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b. 1960), and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b. 1964).


With the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, The Queen became the first reigning Sovereign to give birth to a child since Queen Victoria, whose youngest child, Princess Beatrice, was born in 1857.


The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, delivered the first royal Christmas broadcast live on the radio from Sandringham in 1932.


The Queen is the only person in Britain who can drive without a licence or a registration number on her car. And she doesn’t have a passport.


Queen Elizabeth is the only British monarch in history properly trained to change a spark plug


On VE Day Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margret slipped into the crowd to celebrate


The Queen has a bank account at Coutts & Co. There is a Coutts cash-dispensing machine in Buckingham Palace


The Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002, including visiting 70 cities and towns around the UK


Technically The Queen still owns the sturgeons, whales and dolphins in the waters around the UK which are recognised as ‘Fishes Royal’. She also owns all wild ‘mute’ swans living in open water.


The Queen introduced a new breed of dog known as the “dorgi”, when one of the corgis mated with a dachshund named Pipkin


The Queen once demoted a footman for feeding her corgis whisky


The Queen has nine Royal thrones – One at the House of Lords, two at Westminster Abbey, and six in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.


There have been six Archbishops of Canterbury during the Queen’s reign


The Queen is 5ft 4 inches or 160cm tall.


The Queen speaks fluent French and often uses the language for Audiences and State Visits. Her Majesty does not require an interpreter.


The Queen learnt to drive in 1945 when she joined the Army.


On the 9th September 2015 Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reining monarch in British history, beating her Great Great Grandmother Queen Victoria 

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