Elizabeth II aka Elizabeth Alexandra Mary has been queen to United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 1952. She was born on April 21 1926 in 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, her maternal grandfather’s London house. She is the youngest daughter to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), who was the second son of the King and Elizabeth, Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth), youngest daughter of Scottish aristocrat Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. She have a sibling, Princess Margaret. Both of them were educated at home under the supervision of their mother and their governess, Marion Crawford. She was married Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1947. She gave birth to Chares, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Some of the interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth:
1. She needs no passport to travel in the world.
2. She was shot by a teenager in her birthday celebration in parade, in 1981.
3. In February 1952 when King George VI died, Elizabeth became queen.
4. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was the first to be televised in England.
5. She carries cash in her purse only when she donates money to her church and that is on Sundays only.
6. In 2002, Queen Elizabeth celebrated 50 years of reign and during that year, she visited every region of the UK, as well as many other countries.
7. She meets with Britain’s prime minister, once a week for an hour.
8. The queen Elizabeth speaks fluent French.
9. She collected ration coupons to pay for her wedding dress materials.
10. Queen Elizabeth has 30 godchildren.
11. To perpare for her role as a queen, she studied constitutional history and law and was also instructed in religion by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
12. Elizabeth and her sister Margaret moved to Windsor Castle for safety during World War II.
13. Elizabeth drove a truck during World War II.
14. She became the first reigning sovereign to have a child since 1857, when Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Andrew in 1960.
15. She was not expected to become a queen, as she stood third in line to the throne after her uncle, Edward, Prince of Wales, and her father, the Duke of York. But uncle Edward was abdicted and her father was acceded to the throne, thus becoming first in line.
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