Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday on Sunday, marking 93 years in the public glare. Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch.
Her Majesty was never in the line of succession. However, things took a toll in such a way, that she became the monarch. Here are five facts about Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Over 80 per cent of Britons have not experienced life under any other monarch, having not been born when Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, according to the UK Office of National Statistics. Her Majesty has reigned over 14 prime ministers, coming to the throne during the tenure of Winston Churchill.
Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in London’s upmarket Mayfair neighbourhood. It is now a high-end Chinese restaurant. And it’s signature dishes include ‘Roasted silver cod with Champagne’.
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The Queen has another official birthday on the second Saturday in June. It is to celebrate the landmark publicly. The double birthday tradition was started by King George II in 1748. As he wanted to have a summer celebration.
The 93 year-old monarch has been an animal lover all her life. And, is particularly fond of horses and dogs. She has owned more than 30 Corgi dogs, her favourite breed. And even invented a new breed, the dorgi. It is a cross between a corgi and a dachshund.
Queen Elizabeth inherited several thoroughbred racing horses after her father, King George VI died in the year 1952. Her rides have won more than 1,600 races.
Although not legally obliged to pay tax, Elizabeth chose in the year 1992, to start voluntarily paying income tax on her private earnings. Her decision came amid public grumblings about the cost of restoring the family’s fire-damaged Windsor Castle.
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Despite the tradition and pomp of the family, Her Majesty has been comfortable with developing technologies ever since serving as a truck mechanic in World War II.
She sent her first email in 1976. It was a message taken to the moon by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. She first tweeted in 2014 and made her first Instagram post last month.
Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation was the first to be televised all over the world. And, in 2012, her annual Christmas speech was made available on podcast.