Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee – 5 interesting facts
The United Kingdom today starts celebrating the Queen’s platinum Jubilee (she has been queen for 70 years) and the bank holiday will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee – 5 interesting facts
Celebrations have been prepared for months, and events have been taking place since the beginning of the year. This is because there are two dates in relation to Elizabeth’s arrival to the crown. The first is the 6th of February – known as Ascension Day, the date on which King George VI died and Elizabeth became the monarch of the United Kingdom – and the second is the 2nd of June, where the coronation ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey, London, in 1952.
Royalist or not, we thought to share five things you probably didn’t know about The Queen that were perhaps not mentioned in the famous Netflix series, The Crown.
1. The Queen Likes to Drink
According to her cousin, Margaret Rhodes, the Queen enjoys a tipple every day. Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee – 5 interesting facts
Gin before lunch, wine with her meal, and a dry martini and a glass of champagne every evening. Sounds good to us!
2. Her Handbag Does More than Carry Her Belongings.
The Queen famously uses her handbag to signal to her staff that she is tired of speaking to somebody and wishes to move on.
What are some of the bag signals she sends to a staff member? Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee – 5 interesting facts
If she moves her bag from one hand to the other then it means 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.
3. The Queen Does Not Have a Passport or Driver’s Licence
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 licence or a licence plate – talk about freedom of movement. Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee – 5 interesting facts
4. She Never Went to School
Well, The Queen is not a graduate but she was homeschooled by private tutors. She began Queen training at the age of 14 years old.
In 1945, at the age of 18, she joined the Mechanical Transport Training Centre, the women’s arm of the British Army during the war. There she learned to drive and maintain trucks, technical skills she would be very proud of throughout her life.
5. She Loves Animals
Her favourite dogs are corgis and she even invented a new breed of dog when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, creating the “dorgi”. Her Majesty breeds corgis, Labradors, cocker spaniels and horses! She owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar and a pair of sloths, presents from other countries, all of which live in London Zoo.