The Queen’s 90th Birthday

By Harriet Scoot Bluestone View

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, we’ve put together 26 of our favourite facts about Queen Elizabeth II!

1)    Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926, at 17 Burton St. in Mayfair, London.

2)    The Queen is lucky enough to have 2 birthdays, traditionally if a monarch wasn’t born during the summer, they would have a second birthday in the summer months so they could enjoy  celebrating outside. This has carried on with Queen Elizabeth II, despite being born in April, she will officially celebrate her 90th birthday on 11h June 2016.

3)    Queen's childhood nickname was "Lilibet", because she couldn't pronounce her own name.

4)    The Duke of Edinburgh is also known to affectionately call her "Cabbage." We’d love to know the story behind that one!

5)    The queen was a Girl Guide as a child, as well as a Sea Ranger (a portion of Girl Guides dedicated to sailing).

6)    Elizabeth became queen when her father, King George VI died in February 1952 (64 Years ago)

7)    The Queen has sat for over 130 official portraits. Her first was in 1933 when she was just seven-years-old. I bet she wishes she could just take a selfie!

8)    Queen Elizabeth and her family were the first British royals to appear in their own TV documentary... joining other TV royalty such as the Kardasian’s, and the Made in Chelsea cast!

9)    The queen is the only person in the UK who doesn't need a driver's license or a license plate to drive.

10)    She also does not need a passport to travel internationally.

11)    Elizabeth II is believed to be the only monarch in British history who has been properly trained to change a flat tyre or a spark plug – very important skills!

12)    Elizabeth II has answered over 3.5 million items of correspondence – that’s a lot of letters!

13)    She sent her first email in 1976 from a British research facility... I wonder if she’s joined our mailing list?

14)    The British Monarchy Youtube channel launched in 2007 and has almost 56 million views and more than 150,000 subscribers.

15)    The British Monarchy also have their own Facebook account, but you are not allowed to 'poke' Her Majesty.

16)    According to royal biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, she also started using a mobile to text message her grandchildren, which is pretty impressive for a Great Grandma, let alone the Queen!

17)    Queen Elizabeth II has four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

18)    She has eight grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn;

19)    And to date, five great-grandchildren. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips and Mia Tindall.

20)    Her great-grandson Prince George calls her "Gan-Gan."

21)    Elizabeth has 30 godchildren.

22)    Whales, dolphins, porpoises and sturgeons are considered “Fishes Royal" and therefore the property of the monarch when caught within three miles of the UK coast – so if you spot any of these on a trip out from Bluestone, you can officially say you’ve been with the Queen’s pets!

23)    All 5,300 breeding pairs of mute swan in Britain are officially owned by the Queen

24)    The queen, when gifted rare animals such as jaguars, donates them to the London Zoo.

25)    Among other more peculiar gifts received by the Queen are pineapples, eggs, a box of snail shells, a grove of maple trees and 7kg of prawns

26)    Her Majesty has endured 36 Royal Variety Performances – I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want my 90 year old Grandma watching some of the acts from Britains Got Talent!

Happy Birthday your Majesty, we hope you enjoy your day and make a big wish when you blow out all your candles! We’ll have a slice of cake and raise a toast with our tea for you! Have you read our blog all about the Queen’s meeting with William Mcnamara, the CEO and founder of Bluestone?