Queen Elizabeth II is one of the longest-lived rulers to date in history and despite having been in the spotlight for many years she has always been very reluctant to grant interviews concerning herself and her daily habits.
On the throne of England for 65 years and managed to keep many of her behaviors and strategies secret to survive the grueling pressure of the important role she covers as ruler and queen of the United Kingdom .
Between an important meeting and a gala dinner, even the Queen will need her tricks to relax at the end of the day. She is a lover of nature and animals , and she often portrays her beloved dogs in the open air, but that’s not the only thing that makes her special.
Who would have imagined that Elizabeth II owns all the swans and dolphins in the kingdom and that she never had to pass the license exam to drive ? A special life full of little secrets that have now been revealed.
10) I never went to school
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary , better known as Elizabeth II , is the Queen of the United Kingdom and was born on April 21, 1926 . She was crowned on 2 June 1953 , after more than a year from the accession to the throne, this year she will celebrate her ninety-first birthday. Among all the curiosities of this long-lived queen, one known to a few, and certainly the one who, the ruler, never went to school . In fact, her education was given to her and her younger sister Margaret of hers by private tutors . With the super vision of the mother, she was also taught some modern languages, including French which she speaks fluently.
9) Celebrate two birthdays
As learned on the previous page, Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, the real date of her birthday , but for protocol reasons she is “forced” to celebrate two birthdays . In fact, the country does not officially celebrate it until 11 June . Because, according to tradition, the kings born in the coldest months must celebrate the official birthday when the weather conditions are more favorable to parades and therefore to crowds.
8) The tiara is broken on the wedding day
Elizabeth II married on November 20, 1947 to Philip , Duke of Edinburgh , who turns out to be a third cousin of hers. On the day of the wedding the diadem worn by the Queen broke and the court jeweler was called immediately to remedy. Eventually the tiara was fixed in time to celebrate the royal wedding.
7) Owns all swans and dolphins in the UK
The possessions of Elizabeth II are not only real estate and land, but also concern some types of animals. In fact, according to the tradition that dates back to the 12th century , the Queen owns all the swans and dolphins that swim in the waters of the United Kingdom . Fortunately for the swans, today they are no longer considered a culinary delicacy to be served at lunches and dinners at the court.
6) The handbag to communicate in a secret way
The Queen is also famous for her beautiful handbags , which she never separates from . This is because she would use them to send coded messages to her collaborators. In fact, when Elisabetta puts the bag on the table she would indicate that the match must end within 5 minutes. While she, if she sets her down , she would mean that she wants to be carried away by a boring and unpleasant conversation.
5) He does not have a surname
In modern society we are used to having a personal name and surname but for the monarch of England this is not the case. Indeed, the Queen ‘s title reads: Her Majesty 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, Defender of the Faith , without reference to the surname .
4) It is not criminally liable
The Queen being the Head of State is not criminally liable and is not obliged to testify during the trials . Of course, the ruler does not abuse her powers and on the website of the royal family it is specified that the Queen is careful to respect all the laws for every activity of her.
3) She is not rich but pays taxes and has a private ATM
Elizabeth II ‘s personal fortune is 340 million pounds , a far cry from the top positions of the richest people in the kingdom. Furthermore, since 1993 you have been paying your taxes even though you don’t have to and inside Buckingham Palace you have a private ATM of one of the most prestigious private banks in the UK.
2) A glass of champagne every night
Before going to sleep , would you like a good chamomile tea to help you sleep? The Sovereign of the United Kingdom, on the other hand, enjoys a glass of champagne every night before retiring for a night’s rest. Given her longevity of hers, perhaps, she has found a possible elixir of youth that is very sparkling and a little unusual. The queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes , had also revealed long ago that this would not be the only “shot” of the day. Elizabeth II in fact would drink a gin and Dubonnet before lunch, with a slice of lemon and lots of ice; she would opt for wine and dry martini for lunch.
1) He does not have a driving license
Another surprising curiosity about Elizabeth II is that she does not have a driving license . Despite being a skilled driver , preferring to drive large jeeps, the Queen has never had to attend driving school and take any license exam… She doesn’t need it !