5 things you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II

5 things you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II became 96 years old on April 21 and was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

She uses her handbag to send signals to her staff.

If there is one thing about The Queen, you never catch her without her purses and bags. She reported owning 200 types of the same type of handbags.

Ever wonder what’s in it? A royal historian says that there is usually lipstick, a mirror, mint, reading glasses, a pen and some money when she is going to church on Sundays.

What are some of the bag signals she sends to a staff member?

  • If she moves her bag from one hand to the other, she wants to end that conversation and move on. So, a staff member will come up to her and provide a plausible excuse, like, ‘The Duke of Cambridge sends an important message,” and she uses that cue to move on.
  • If she puts her bag on the floor, she is not enjoying the conversation and wants to be rescued.
  • If she puts her bag on the table, she wants the event to end in five minutes.

The Queen does not have a passport or driver’s license.

Yes! Isn’t that a dream life? The Queen can travel to any country she wants without a passport. She and her forefathers colonized half the world, so that is no surprise.

She also doesn’t have a driver’s license or a license plate – talk about freedom of movement.

She has two Birthdays.

The Queen is living the dream. Imagine two times in the year, people get to fuss over you and buy gifts.

Her actual birthday is on April 21, but she celebrates in June because the weather in June is perfect for all the festivities.

There is a troop at the palace where she rides in her carriage, and her family joins her on the balcony to wave at the crowd.

Only’ working royals’ will join her this year, which means Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince Andrew will be absent.

She never went to school.

The Queen is not a graduate, but private tutors homeschooled her. She began Queen training at the age of 14 years old.

She doesn’t go by her last name.

Her birth name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, but no one calls her that.

She goes 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.”

She was fondly called Lilibet by her late husband, Prince Philip.