Queen Elizabeth II triptych celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Here’s your chance to impress those new neighbours at your street party. Even if you are a Queen aficionado, we guarantee there’s a real treat for you here on the Queen’s Palatinum Jubilee.

Everybody loves a fun fact, so just memorise 3 or 4 from our hand-picked selection below and be ready to ‘wow’ your neighbours.

Queen Elizabeth’s II 50 Fun Facts to Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

  1. The Queen has hosted more than 1.5 million people at garden parties. The Queen likes to party and her garden parties are a real occasion. Have you ever been to one or know someone that has? What was it like? Let us know in the comments section below. 
    1. The Queen has witnessed 14 United States presidents and 14 United Kingdom prime ministers throughout her reign. This shows that 70 years of service really is a superhuman achievement.
    2.  Her Majesty the Queen was the first female member of the Royal Family the British Armed Forces. She drove a truck and trained as a mechanic during WWII. So probably the first Queen that knows how to change a spark plug too!
    3. Her Majesty does not have a passport as all passports are issued in the Queen’s name.
    4. The Queen does not have a driving licence.
    5. Her Majesty does not require a licence plate on her car either.
    6. Her Majesty speaks fluent French.
    7. The Queen’s Coronation was the first to be broadcast in history. Do you remember watching it?
    8. Her Royal Highness is the first to appear on our screen next to James Bond. OK not exactly a James Bond film but equally as exciting, the 2012 Olympic opening gala made a perfect stage for her Bond debut.
    9. Her Majesty drinks a glass of fine champagne every evening. Every night before bedtime, she enjoys a glass of Bollinger. She once said, "For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down."
    10. The Queen is a devout pigeon fancier who owns around two hundred racing pigeons.
    11. The monarch wore two crowns on her Coronation Day. The crown used for the actual Coronation is the St Edward’s Crown which is swapped for the Imperial State crown at the end of the ceremony.
    12. Her Royal Highness has owned more than 30 corgis and dorgis – the first corgi was called Susan, a present for her 18th Some years later Princess Margaret’s dachshund, Pipkin, accidently helped produce a brand new breed called a dorgi, a dachshund and corgi cross. These became a hit for the Royal family and have been enjoyed ever since. The Queen is a dog lover and continues to be a Patron for the Dog’s Trust. The corgis even have their own menu.
    13. The Queen’s longest overseas Royal tour lasted six months and covered 44,000miles.
    14. The Queen first flew in Concorde in 1977.
    15. She has only missed one Christmas broadcast. Strangely in 1969 the Queen decided to miss the Christmas address as she feared media saturation. In the Summer The Royals’ documentary had been aired and the Queen felt that was quite enough for one year, much to the disappointment to many Royalists across the globe.
    16. The Queen has a nickname, "Lillibet" she acquired when she was young and couldn't pronounce her name. “Lillibet” was the closest approximation the young Queen could manage. The Queen’s father, King George VI once said "Lillibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
    17. Prince Philip was thought to refer to the Queen as “Cabbage” on occasion the origin of this nickname is not known but some things should remain private even in a Royal marriage.
    18. The Queen has always been intrigued with Space and technology and sent a personalised message to British astronaut Tim Peake when he joined the International Space Station in 2016.
    19. Her Majesty made her first radio broadcast in 1940 aged just fourteen. What were you doing at 14?
    20. According to the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, her favourite drink is a gin and dubonnet with a slice of lemon and ice. The prefect tipple for your Big Jubilee lunch!
    21. There is a rumour that the Queen never carries money. However, that is not strictly true as on Sundays she always has cash in her purse so she can donate money to her church.
    22. Before any of us even knew what an email were. The Queen sent her first email way back in 1976 at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in Malvern, England.
    23. Leading British fashion designer, Sir Norman Hartnell designed her wedding and coronation gowns.
    24. The Queen ever at the forefront of technology launched Buckingham Palace’s first website in 1997.
    25. The Queen has posted over one million birthday cards. Have you received one or do you know anyone that has? Let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you.
    26. The Queen used her handbag to covertly message her staff. If the handbag is placed on the table or a raised surface it indicates that she wants to leave within five minutes. However, if she places her handbag on the floor, it means she want to leave immediately! So be aware when you next meet Her Royal Highness!
    27. The Queen has sat for over two hundred portraits by artists as diverse as Justin Mortimer, Pietro Annigoni, Gerald Scarfe and Andrew Festing.
    28. The Queen is the most well-travelled monarch in history and upon her travels she has received some interesting gifts. The generous gifts include jaguars, sloths, elephant and two giant turtles. All of which live in London Zoo.
    29. Her Royal Highness has seen seven Roman Catholic Popes come and go during her 70-year reign: Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.
    30. Back in 1977 it is estimated that 500 million viewers watched the Silver Jubilee procession down The Mall. Can you recall where you were that day and who you watched it with? Let us know in the comments section below.
    31. The Queen’s birthplace, 17 Bruton Place, Mayfair is now a fancy Cantonese restaurant Called Hakkasan.
    32. The Queen is an Arsenal supporter after meeting Arsene Wenger and Cesc Fabregas back in 2007. However, it is also rumoured she has a soft spot for West Ham Utd too.
    33. The Queen was married to Prince Philip for a record 73 years. Their second meeting in 1939 saw the Royal pair exchange letters and the romance began. It wasn’t until Christmas 1943 that the romance began to look serious.
    34. The British government gave the Queen 200 extra ration coupons to go towards her wedding.
    35. Back in 2015 a slice of her 9ft, four-tiered wedding cake was sold for £500!
    36. The happy couple received 2,500 wedding gifts on their big day. Among them was a generous gift from Australia of five hundred crates of pineapples, note that’s crates NOT tins! A lot of pineapples.
    37. A 19-year-old Queen and her sister Princess Margaret managed to sneak out into the streets to celebrate the end of the war. The Queen has described the event as ‘one of the most memorable nights of my life.’ She also commented, "I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief". 
    38. The Queen has been obsessed with horse since getting her very first pony at the age of just 4 years old. To date it is estimated that she has won £7 million in prize money from racing horses and breeding them.
    39. The Queen owns all the unmarked swans in Britain.
    40. Historically swans were deemed a prize food for a feast so from the 12th century onwards the Royal family have staked claim to all unmarked swans on open waters. Nowadays they continue this to protect the species.
    41. It is not only swans that are claimed by the Royal Highness, whales, porpoises, dolphins and sturgeons are considered property of the Queen if they are caught within 3 miles of the UK coast.
    42. The Queen never went to school - However, that doesn't mean she's uneducated. Elizabeth taught by private tutors at home. The same went for her younger sister, Princess Margaret.
    43. The Piper of the Sovereign plays the bagpipes outside her bedroom window at 9am every weekday. Try hitting ‘snooze’ on that alarm clock!
    44. Although the Queen is not obliged to pay tax, she chose back in 1992 to start paying income tax and CGT.
    45. In 2013 Her Majesty changed the law allowing Roman Catholics to marry members of the Royal family. However, it is still illegal for Roman Catholics to become seated on the throne.
    46. The Press refer to the Queen as Elizabeth the silent’ due to her refusal to ever give a full interview. Amazing in 70 years to have avoided a press interview.
    47. Former Royal chef Darren McGrady has confirmed the Queen hates garlic.
    48. Both The Queen and Princess Margaret were born via c-section, unusual in the early part of the 20th
    49. The Queen’s wedding rig was made from rare Welsh gold nugget mined from the Clogau St David’s

                    We hope you have enjoyed our amazing list. Don’t forget to squirrel a few of these facts away to impress even the most knowledgably Royalist at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

                     

                     

                     

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