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Things to know about Queen Elizabeth II’s life

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Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 at Balmoral, after ruling for 70 years. The Queen’s family gathered at her Scottish estate after health concerns arose earlier in the day. Following her death, her eldest son Charles will be the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms during the period of mourning.

As we keep you updated on the Queen’s death, here are facts about her you should know:

THE LONGEST-REIGNING MONARCH OF BRITAIN

Elizabeth, who turns 70 this year, is the oldest and longest-reigning monarch in British history.
She surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years and seven months, in September 2015. With the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016, Elizabeth became the world’s longest-reigning monarch.

In 2022, she became the world’s second-longest reigning monarch, trailing only 17th century French King Louis XIV, who ascended to the throne at the age of four. Apart from Elizabeth and Victoria, only four monarchs have reigned for 50 years or more in British history: George III (59 years), Henry III (56 years), Edward III (50 years), and James VI of Scotland (58 years.)

AWESOME MIMICKER

Elizabeth gave the impression of a serious demeanour, and many have noted her poker face, but those who knew her described her in private as having a mischievous sense of humour and a talent for mimicry.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said that the queen can be extremely funny in private, and that not everyone appreciates how funny she can be. Bishop Michael Mann, the monarch’s domestic chaplain, once stated that seeing the queen imitate the Concorde landing is one of the funniest things he has ever seen.

Northern Irish clergyman and politician Ian Paisley said Elizabeth was a great mimic of him. During the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, she starred in a comic video alongside an animated Paddington Bear and spoke about hiding marmalade sandwiches in her purse, revealing her mischievous side.

HOME-SCHOOLING

Elizabeth, like many other royals of her era and before, never attended public school and was never exposed to other students. Instead, she was educated at home alongside her younger sister Margaret.

Her father, a senior teacher at Eton College, several French and Belgian governesses who taught her French, and the Archbishop of Canterbury who taught her religion were among those who taught her. Elizabeth’s education also included lessons in riding, swimming, dancing, and the study of fine art and music.

During WWII, Princess Elizabeth was known as No. 230873, Second Subaltern Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor of the Auxiliary Transport Service No. 1. The heir to the throne learned how to drive and service ambulances and trucks after months of campaigning for her parents’ permission to help with the war effort. Within a few months, she had risen to the rank of honorary Junior Commander.

LITTLE LILIBET

In honour of her mother, paternal grandmother, and paternal great-grandmother, the queen was given the name Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor of York. Her family referred to her as “young Lilibet” as a child because she couldn’t pronounce Elizabeth correctly.
Dear Granny, wrote the young princess in a letter to her grandmother Queen Mary. Thank you so much for the adorable little jersey. We had a great time with you at Sandringham. Before I sign off, I’d like to express my condolences for the loss of a top front tooth yesterday morning.
After Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex named their daughter Lilibet Diana in 2021, the nickname became more popular.

ROYAL TAXPAYER

She was the queen, but she also paid taxes, at least since 1992. When the queen’s weekend residence, Windsor Castle, was destroyed by fire in 1992, the public revolted against paying millions of pounds for repairs.
She did, however, voluntarily agree to pay tax on her personal income. She stated that she would cover 70% of the cost of restoration work, and she also decided to open her home at Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time in order to raise additional funds through admission fees.

A STEADFAST ROMANCE

Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years, a union that outlasted the marriages of three of her four children: Charles, Anne, and Andrew. On their 50th wedding anniversary, the queen said of Philip, “He has simply been my strength and stay all these years.”
Their story began in 1939, when Prince Philip of Greece, a handsome 18-year-old naval cadet, was assigned to entertain Elizabeth, then 13 years old. Several years later, Philip was invited to spend Christmas with the royal family at Windsor Castle, and he quickly inquired whether he would be considered an eligible suitor.
In 1947, the couple married in Westminster Abbey. According to their son, Andrew, when Philip died in 2021 at the age of 99, Elizabeth described his death as leaving a huge void in her life.

SEVERAL BIRTHDAYS

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, but the public was sometimes perplexed as to when to celebrate. There was no universally agreed-upon date for her official birthday; it is either the first, second, or third Saturday in June, as determined by the government.
Her birthday was celebrated on the second Monday of June in Australia, and on a Monday on or before May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday, in Canada. Only the queen and those closest to her attended private celebrations of her actual birthday.

HOW MANY CORGIS ARE THERE?

Elizabeth loved corgis, and Princess Diana reportedly referred to them as the queen’s moving carpet because they accompanied her everywhere.
Over the years, she had more than 30 corgis. She also had two dachshund-corgi crossbreeds named Candy and Vulcan.
Elizabeth was photographed hugging one of the dogs when she was 10 years old in 1936, and she was given a corgi named Susan for her 18th birthday. 

Her father, King George VI, introduced the breed to the royal family in 1933, when he purchased a male corgi named Dookie from a local kennel. According to a 1324 statute, she also technically owned thousands of mute swans in open British waters, as well as the right to claim all sturgeons, porpoises, whales, and dolphins.

A VERY NICE GIRL

The queen was inevitably the subject of pop songs. The Beatles immortalized her in the song Her Majesty, calling her a “pretty nice girl” despite the fact that she doesn’t have much to say.
Paul McCartney’s brief song, recorded in 1969, appeared at the end of the Abbey Road album.

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