Today the Queen became the longest reigning monarch of Britain. In honour of this we are giving you 10 facts about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Here is something to help you feel patriotic.
1. When you are in Preston the Queen is not only your monarch, but she is also your Duchess. This is because the monarch of Britain also holds the Duchy of Lancaster.
2. Everybody knows that the Queen has two birthdays, her actual birthday in April and her official birthday in June. The reason behind this is because it is tradition to celebrate the monarch’s birthday during summer while the weather is more favourable.
3. The Queen has visited to 116 countries on 265 official state visits, making her the most well travelled Head of State in the world. All of this without a passport.
4. Since the Norman conquest in 1066, the Queen is the 40th monarch, however, she is only the 6th female reigning monarch.
5. As a young child, the Queen never expected to be monarch, it was only at the age of 10 when her uncle abdicated the throne and shocked the nation did the queen become the heir to the throne after her father.
6. Not only is she the longest serving monarch this country has had but she is also the oldest monarch this country has had.
7. The Queen does not use a surname, as is tradition for senior royals. Although the surname Mountbatten-Windsor is used as a sort of unofficial surname.
8. The Queen’s full title in the United Kingdom is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. Although she holds many other titles in the UK and around the world.
9. The Queen is patron to over 600 charities, it is estimated that she has helped raise of £1.4 billion for charity over the years. Community & civic issues as well as education and training are among the more common charities the Queen’s portfolio of charity work.
10. The Queen was born at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, which is now a Michelin star Chinese restaurant. You can literally eat noodles where the Queen was born.