Essential facts about Her Majesty
With HRH's big 9-0 around the corner, some swotting up on
the lady herself could be in order. Prepare to do brilliantly in any pub quiz round on royalty
Elizabeth the trailblazer
Putting the great in Great Britain
The first time she visited a mosque in the UK was in 2002, in Scunthorpe.
Elizabeth II is Britain's longest reigning monarch - 64 years so far, just ahead of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria (63 years).
She was the first (and as far as we know, only) monarch to parachute out of a helicopter with James Bond, which she did at the London 2012 Olympics.
She once demoted her footman for sharing his tipple with her corgis. Apparently whisky wasn't appropriate.
1992 was the Queen's self-pronounced 'annus horribilis' (no laughing - it was a 'horrible year'); there was a fire in Windsor Castle, and three of her children's marriages - Prince Charles's, Princess Anne's and Prince Andrew's - broke down.
One of Elizabeth’s corgis once had some fun with a dachshund called Pipkin, belonging to Princess Margaret. The outcome was a dorgi - a new breed of dog introduced by the Queen herself.
People like to gift the Queen live animals: jaguars, sloths, beavers and a bull elephant called Jumbo from the President of Cameroon have been among the highlights. She also once received a box of snail shells.
Fun loving lady
HRH is perhaps the hippest member of the royal family; her Party at the Palace CD sold 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and she was awarded a gold disk from the recording industry.
Dun, dun, dun dun dun dun dun dun... Our monarch has visited the set of
Eastenders (and Coronation Street, and Emmerdale).
In all her 90 years, the Queen has never given an interview.
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