Almost everybody knows something about Queen Elizabeth II. We’re familiar with her pastel suits, great hats, and her mastery of the very distinct “royal wave”. We know from a great deal of news coverage that she has reigned over the Commonwealth Realms for more than 60 years, which is the second-longest reign in British history. We also know that despite the Queen’s long reign and a lengthy marriage to Prince Philip, her hubby is still and always will be just a prince (and the Duke of Edinburgh). Another thing we’re certain of is that Her Majesty loves her corgis.
Besides these rather superficial facts, many of us don’t know much more about the Queen. She rarely gives interviews and has not written any books, unlike her son Prince Charles. Because of this, little information is available about her personal life. What are available, if you delve a little deeper, are some strange and interesting facts about this elusive character which give some slight indication as to what it’s like to be a reigning monarch.
With her 88th birthday coming up just in a few weeks, here are some of the odder facts available about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
10. She gets two birthdays
9. She has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign
8. A footman was once demoted for getting her corgis tipsy
7. She was once a Girl Guide
6. She doesn’t have a passport or a license, nor does she require a license plate for her vehicle
4. She was the first head of state to send an email
3. She has survived a shooting and a stalker
Perhaps even more shocking, a man named Michael Fagan broke into the castle not once but twice in 1982. The first time, he got in through a maid’s window, startling the maid, but when she ran for help and others investigated, no one believed her. Meanwhile, the intruder was wandering the corridors of the palace and drinking Prince Charles’s wine. Because Fagan was unsure of where he was going and soon tired, he left. He returned several weeks later and this time when he crawled through a window, it was into the Queen’s bedroom. He woke her and she summoned for help immediately, resulting in an unarmed footman coming to her aid and dealing with Fagan, who was arrested soon after.