On September 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II peacefully passed away while sleeping. She held the record for the country of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s longest reigning monarch. Elizabeth II, the eldest child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, was born on April 21, 1926, in London. She was given the name Elizabeth Alexander Mary at birth, after her great paternal grandmother Alexandra, paternal grandmother Queen Mary, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth. On November 20, 1947, Elizabeth II wed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Check out these five interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II, the British monarch with the longest reign of more than 70 years.
1. She used her handbag to signal the staff
The Queen is never seen without her purses or bags if there is one thing you can say about her. She claimed to have 200 different models of the same kind of purses.
Ever ponder its contents? According to a royal historian, when she goes to church on Sundays, she typically carries lipstick, a mirror, mints, reading glasses, a pen, and some cash.
- If she wanted to finish the talk and move on, she switched the bag from one hand to the other. A staff member will approach her and offer a convincing justification, such as, “The Duke of Cambridge sends an important message,” and she will take that cue to leave.
- If she didn’t enjoy the chat and wanted to leave, she would drop her bag to the ground.
- She wanted the event to conclude in five minutes if she placed her luggage on the table.
2. She didn’t have a passport! I mean, does she even need it?
Without a passport, the Queen was free to visit any nation. That is not surprising, considering that she and her ancestors colonized half of the globe.
3. Her majesty didn’t go to school
The Queen was homeschooled by private tutors. However, she is not a graduate. When she was 14 years old, she started her Queen training.
Her parents probably never thought she needed to attend a formal school.
4. She didn’t use her last name
No one addressed her by her given name, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.
She went by her official title, “Elizabeth, the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and Defender of the Faith.”
Her late spouse, Prince Philip, gave her the affectionate nickname Lilibet.
5. First Monarch to send an email!
Queen Elizabeth II sent the first official email in the year 1976. When she was in the English telecommunications research facility on March 26, 1976, she used the ARPANET to send an email.
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