8 things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty has no Passport

Yet she is a Global jetsetter!

Our Queen is the most well travelled head of state EVER, yet she does not have a passport. Passports are issued in her name, so I am guessing she doesn’t see the point. Same thing goes for her driving license! Her Majesty is confident behind the wheel, and often seen driving her beloved Range Rover on her private estates. She has never been seen driving in public though, probably as she has no license.

A Very Merry Un-Birthday…..

I think we should all follow suit on this one!

Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21st 1926. Her mother, Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, was not conscious at the time, due to a traditional Royal procedure called “Twilight Sleep” (go on, I dare you to google it!).

This birthday is celebrated privately, as her “Official” Birthday moves about a bit, falling on the first, second or third Saturday in June. More cake seems to be the perfect explanation to me.

Her Majesty the Truck Driver?

The Queen drove Trucks in world war ii

When she was just 19 years old, Princess Elizabeth fought tooth and nail to serve during the Second World War, and remains the only female monarch in history to join the armed forces. Elizabeth joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territory Service. Not only can she drive a truck, but Elizabeth II can fix it too, as she was a talented mechanic during her service.

She also paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons and was married to Philip Mountbatten on November 20th 1947. I’m sure he was well impressed that she was so handy with a landie!

Tech Queen

Internet when?!

January 1, 1983 is considered the official birthday of the Internet, so I am sure it might come as a surprise to know that our Queen sent her first email in 1976. Her message was transmitted by a early form of internet called ARPANET, which was used mostly by the military, during the cold war, and later for academic research.

The Royal Nightie comes from Liberty’s London

On good authority!

How on earth do I know this? Well why don’t you ask the punk rock “singer” Michael Fagan. He famously broke into Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1982. After wandering around a while, waiting to get caught, he found himself in the Queens bedroom!

After being woken by Fagen, the Queen calmly suggested that she would call for someone as she made her way past him, and fled down the corridor. That Gumption coming in handy again, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Fagen later recorded a song for the Queen, which almost sounds like an apology. I often wonder if she has ever rocked out to it! If you are curious, and or tone deaf…. you can listen to it here! (don’t say I didn’t warn you)

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Her Majesty is Un-Flappable

The day she was shot at by a teenager

It was June the 13th, 1981. I was 8 years old and watching the trooping of the colour. This was the day that a teenager from Capel-Le-Fern, a small village not far from where I live today, fired shots at the queen as she rode past.

I vividly remember all hell breaking loose, both at the scene and in our own living room! While the police wrestled the boy to the ground my Mum whipped me and my sister into the kitchen, me in floods of frightened tears.

It turns out that the gun was full of blanks, and Queen Elizabeth II did no more than straighten herself up and continue with the procession. I’ve heard a great deal about “Girl Power” over the years, and many an icon has come and gone, but when it comes to Gumption, our Queen has it in SPADES!

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