There is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth was an extremely remarkable woman. The very fact that she welcomed the new Prime Minister just two days ago is truly incredible.
As the National Bereavement Alliance tweeted, at times of national mourning like this, private sorrows can be reawakened.
Queen Elizabeth II was born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926
To parents the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).
She was crowned queen on June 2, 1953
Her official title is: Elizabeth II, 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, Defender of the Faith.
Her nickname is Lillibet.
Both Elizabeth and her sister Margaret were homeschooled with lessons in French, math, history, art, dancing and singing.
She is Britain’s longest reigning monarch ever
Even beating Queen Victoria (his great-great-grandmother!).
As Queen, she has been served by 15 British Prime Ministers, including Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson and most recently Liz Truss.
Just two days ago, the Queen met and appointed a new British prime minister, playing her crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition of power from one prime minister to another.
Interestingly, Queen Elizabeth reigned for 30% of US history.
During her 70-year reign, she witnessed: 17 World Cups, the first Champions League, the election of the first Ballon d’Or, the birth of Diego Maradona.
Queen Elizabeth II has witnessed the world wars, the fall of the USSR, the birth of Israel, the atomic bombs, the invention of computers, the assassination of JFK, the moon landing, the HIV/AIDS, the Internet, 9/11 and many more.
The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth, a group of 54 independent countries that were once ruled by Britain but have since gained independence. She is also queen of 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the United Kingdom. Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Tuvalu.
The Queen has visited 116 countries. She is probably the most traveled head of state in history.
The queen is a skilled mechanic. As an 18-year-old princess during World War II, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army. As part of her training, she took a course in driving and maintaining vehicles and graduated as a mechanic on April 14, 1945.
His favorite dogs are corgis
She even invented a new breed of dog when her corgi mated with a dachshund belonging to her sister, Princess Margaret, creating the “dorgi”.
She is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a licence.
The Queen has two birthdays, her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday, which is on a Saturday in June – when the weather is better
The Queen first emailed in 1976 and posted her first Instagram post in 2019!
She has many hobbies including horse riding, pigeon racing and football, she is an Arsenal supporter.