AMS present 90 facts about The Queen

[20/04/16] Analox Military Systems will feature in a commemorative album to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday. 

To celebrate this prestigious occasion, we have devised a list of 90 interesting facts about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign. We will also be posting more information about events and actitivies taking place at Analox Military Systems.

  1. The Queen is the longest serving monarch in Britain - she became this on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed the reign of her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria

  2. She is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror became the first King of England in 1066

  3. The Queen’s official title in the United Kingdom is ‘Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith’

  4. She was born on 21 April 1926, although her birthday is officially celebrated in June

  5. Her full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor

  6. She was born at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London - which is now a Chinese Restaurant

  7. She was christened in May 1926 and her christening gown was the same one worn by Queen Elizabeth I

  8. Her nickname as a young girl was ‘Lilibet’ and she is known by this to her family to this day

  9. Elizabeth II has been riding horses since she was three - her first horse was called Peggy

  10. Elizabeth II was originally not in line to assume the throne. Her uncle Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936, which made her father the King

  11. Her younger sister Princess Margaret’s first words following news of Edward VIII’s abdication were: “Does that mean you will have to be the next queen? Poor you.”

  12. A Girl Guide company (the 1st Buckingham Palace Company) was formed specially when she was a young girl so she could become a guide and socialise with girls her own age

  13. She gave her first radio speech at age 14 - it was a broadcast to Britain’s children

  14. At age 16, she was given the honorary title of Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

  15. She served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) during World War II where she trained as a lorry driver and mechanic

  16. She was the first female member of the royal family to actually serve in the armed forces

  17. Corgis are Elizabeth II’s favourite pet, with her first, Susan, given to her in 1944

  18. She introduced a new breed of dog when one of her corgis was bred with a daschund - a ‘dorgi’

  19. She was rumoured to have demoted a royal footman after he poured whisky in her corgi’s water as a joke

  20. In 1945, Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret mingled anonymously with crowds outside the palace to celebrate VE day - they stayed up until 3am!

  21. In 1947, she took her first tour abroad to South Africa

  22. When Elizabeth got married in 1947, she had to save up rationing coupons for a wedding dress

  23. Many women sent her their spare rationing coupons, but this was illegal and they were sent back

  24. She lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951, where Prince Philip was a Royal Navy Officer

  25. Elizabeth II became queen on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI

  26. Although monarchs can choose to rule under any of their given names, she choose to go with her first name and become Queen Elizabeth II

  27. She became the first Queen of England since 1603

  28. Her Coronation in 1953 was the first public event to be televised, with over 20 million people in the UK watching

  29. There is a breed of rose called the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ which was grown especially for her Coronation

  30. She was named Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 1953

  31. The Queen visited the former country of West Germany in 1965. As political tensions there were so high, the visit took two years to organise

  32. The Queen made the first televised Christmas day broadcast - ‘The Queen’s Speech’ in 1957

  33. The Queen and her family became one of the first reality TV stars in 1969 when a documentary about a year of their lives aired. Thirty million people watched when it was broadcast

  34. The Queen recorded a message to the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969 congratulating them on the moon landing. Her message now sits in a container on the surface of the moon

  35. She was the first reigning monarch to ride the London Underground in 1969

  36. The Queen invented the concept of the ‘Royal Walkabout’ in 1970 - where she would meet local people as well as dignitaries

  37. The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1972, and one hundred couples who shared their anniversary were invited to celebrate with them

  38. The Queen sent her first email in 1976 from a British Army base

  39. The Queen became the first Head of State to open two Olympics in two different countries - Montreal in 1976 and London in 2012

  40. The Queen was the first Monarch to visit the Middle East in 1979

  41. A member of the public broke into her bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982. She engaged him in conversation for ten minutes until help arrived

  42. The Queen was the first British Monarch to visit China in 1986

  43. In 1991, she became the first British Monarch to address a joint meeting of the United States congress. She received three standing ovations afterwards

  44. The Queen was awarded a gold disc in 2002, following the release of the 'Party at the Palace' concert to celebrate her Golden Jubilee

  45. In 2003, she sat for the first ever royal holographic portrait

  46. In 2004 the cast of Les Miserables were invited to Windsor Castle to perform for French President Jacques Chirac

  47. The Queen appeared in a spoof James Bond movie with Daniel Craig during the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. Creative director Danny Boyle said that he was looking at getting a lookalike to play her, but she volunteered to play herself

  48. She received an honorary BAFTA in 2013 for her devotion to film and being “the most memorable Bond girl yet”

  49. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh toured the set of Game of Thrones in Belfast in 2014, and were presented with a miniature version of the Iron Throne

  50. Unfortunately, The Queen could not sit on the life-size Iron Throne as monarchs are not allowed to sit on foreign thrones

  51. The Queen famously photobombed a selfie at the 2014 Commonwealth games 

  52. The Queen sent her first Tweet in October 2014 when she opened a new exhibition at the London Science Museum

  53. The Queen is also on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr

  54. The Queen speaks fluent French without the need for an interpreter

  55. She has been played by actresses including Cate Blanchett, Emily Watson, Kristin Scott Thomas and most famously, Helen Mirren

  56. Helen Mirren was invited to dine with The Queen following her Oscar-winning appearance in the 2006 film “The Queen”, but had to decline due to work commitments

  57. 1.5 million people have attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace and Holyrood House since The Queen has been on the throne

  58. The Queen is 5’4’’ tall (162cm)

  59. She has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

  60. The Queen also has 30 godchildren

  61. The Queen is patron of over 600 charities and organisations

  62. If she is given live animals on Royal Visits, they are donated to London Zoo. Examples of animal gifts include sloths, beavers, turtles and an elephant!

  63. Other unusual gifts she has received on visits include snail shells, pineapples and 15 pounds of prawns

  64. At 9:30am each morning at Buckingham Palace, a Scottish piper plays the bagpipes under The Queen’s window


    The position of Queen's Piper is one of the highest accolades available to a piper serving in the Armed Forces. This is the current Queen's Piper, Pipe Major Scott Methven from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Royal Regiment of Scotland. Photograph Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

    A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on Feb 12, 2016 at 7:36am PST

  65. When she was on a royal visit to Tokyo, they surprised her with a Japanese bagpiper under her window

  66. She is patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association

  67. The Queen is a keen photographer

  68. Every year, The Queen sends Christmas trees to venues including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and churches and schools in the Sandringham area

  69. The Queen has given out about 90,000 Christmas puddings during her reign

  70. Twelve prime ministers have ran the country during her reign

  71. The Queen doesn’t have a driving licence and is not obliged to have registration plates on her vehicles

  72. There are over 230 roads named after Queen Elizabeth in the UK

  73. The Queen is known in Maori as Kotuku - The White Heron

  74. The Queen has to practice wearing the Imperial State Crown (which she wears for the state opening of Parliament) beforehand as it is so heavy

  75. Madame Tussauds has showcased 23 different waxworks of The Queen during her reign

  76. The Queen owns all whales, dolphins and sturgeons swimming in the United Kingdom’s waters, as well as all the swans in the River Thames

  77. The Queen uses her handbag as a signal to her aides. For example, if she puts her handbag on the dinner table, it means she is ready to leave in five minutes

  78. The Queen has an estimated wealth of £275m

  79. She has her own private cash machine in Buckingham Palace

  80. Every year she hosts Scottish dancing parties at Balmoral for staff, neighbours and locals

  81. The Queen has answered three and a half million items of correspondence during her reign

  82. The Queen has her own train which she uses to travel around the UK

  83. The Queen used to give coal every year to the elderly residents of Windsor. Now people have central heating, she gives money instead

  84. As passports are issued in her name, The Queen doesn’t need one in order to travel

  85. The first engagement The Queen will take to celebrate her 90th birthday will be a visit to the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Postal Service

  86. A new tube has been named ‘the Elizabeth line’ in honour of The Queen’s birthday’. It will appear purple on tube maps and will fully open in 2019.

  87. Pub opening hours will be extended for two days in June to celebrate The Queen's birthday

  88. Beacons will be lit and church bells across the country will be rung to celebrate The Queen’s birthday

  89. ‘The Patrons Lunch’ will take place on June 12, with 10,000 guests having a street party at The Mall in London

  90. If The Queen is still on the throne on 6 February 2022, she will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee at 95 years old

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