The Sentinel

15 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth

Sep 9, 2022
There’s a reason she wears neon ensembles.
“You have to be able to see that figure in a lemon coat and hat from far away,” Hugo Vickers, the Queen’s biographer, told the New York Times. Here she is in a lime green suit for her 90th birthday celebration.
She uses her purse to send signals to her staff.
Her handbag is more often than not the main communication tool she uses to reach her staff.
She only carries cash in her purse on Sundays so she can donate money to her church.
Here, she hands out money at the Derby Cathedral in Derby, United Kingdom.
She drinks a glass of champagne every day.
Every night before bed, she enjoys some bubbly. She once said, "For me, heaven is likely to be a bit of a come-down."
She is the only person in Britain who can drive without a license plate on her car.
She also never needs a passport when traveling around the world
Along with Winston Churchill's daughter, she joined the women's branch of the British army during WWII.
The Queen got behind the wheel of a truck—it's how she learned to drive.
She's the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
The Queen earned that distinction in 2015, when she surpassed Queen Victoria's 63 years, seven months and two days on the throne.
There have been six Roman Catholic Popes during Queen Elizabeth's reign (Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI).
Another indication of her long reign.
When the Queen is gifted a rare animal, she donates them to the London Zoo.
She has been given a number of interesting animals such as an elephant, two tortoises, a jaguar, and a pair of beavers.
She is the face of Australian currency.
She has also visited Australia 16 times.
She backs over 600 charities and organizations
Here she shakes the hand of a war veteran at her "Not Forgotten" Garden Party, a charity event to support ex service personnel.
She hosts an average of 50,000 people every year at receptions, banquets, lunches, dinners, and garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
Seen here toasting Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.
Although her birthday is April 21, it's celebrated in June.
The event is known as Trooping the Colour, and famously features the royal family taking part in a procession through London and waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
She speaks fluent French.
At the unveiling of the new street sign, "Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II."
Queen Elizabeth was the first British monarch to celebrate her Diamond wedding anniversary.
The Queen and Prince Philip revisited Broadlands on their 60th anniversary, where they spent their wedding night.