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10 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

July 1946: Princess Elizabeth looking through her stamp collection in the State Apartments at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images)

10 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

Some of the lesser-known facts about the world's longest reigning Queen, Queen Elizabeth.

10 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth has ruled for 68 years. To celebrate the longest reigning monarch in history, here are some more lesser-known facts about the great-grandmother of eight.

No alarm necessary

It might not be everyone’s idea of a welcome wake up call, but the 90-year-old has a daily alarm courtesy of her own personal bagpiper. She can tell when her usual piper isn’t playing too!

A breakfast just like yours

Caviar on toast? Slow-cooked eggs with soldiers? According to a former royal chef she prefers simple meals, mostly indulging in a bowl of Corn Flakes for breakfast topped with prunes and some macadamia nuts.

Gin before lunch

Before enjoying her midday meal, Queen Elizabeth likes to swill her favourite drink – gin with a sweet, wine-based aperitif called Dubonnet mixed in. She also enjoys champagne when the occasion calls for it.

She’s a proud host

The Queen inspects the grand horseshoe-shaped table where formal dinners are held herself, prior to every state banquet to make sure everything is perfect for her guests.

Love and marriage

She wanted to marry Prince Phillip when he first asked her as a teenager, but her parents made her wait till she was a more respectable 21. Either way, she knew what she was doing as they’ve been together for years now!

Family drama

Unfortunately, her children haven’t fared as well in marriage with three out of four getting a divorce.

Royal nicknames

As a young girl, Elizabeth would call her grandfather King George V “Grandpa England.” The Duke of Edinburgh affectionately calls her “Cabbage” while most others in her inner circle refer to her as Lilibet.

Queen Elizabeth facts

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Danny Lawson/Pool

She loves to dance

Although there might not be many public images of her kicking up her heels, the Queen enjoys Scottish dancing.

Unusual gifts

On her many visits abroad she is always offered gifts, but sometimes they’re alive. On foreign tours she has received tortoises from the Seychelles in 1972, a seven-year-old bull elephant called Jumbo by the President of Cameroon in 1972, while Canada gave her two black beavers. I wonder where she keeps them?

Raising money

Although she gets given many gifts the Queen has also made it her life’s work to give back, and is the patron of an astonishing 600 charities, favouring community and civic issues.

Discover 7 inspirational Queen Elizabeth quotes by Claire Foy, star of The Crown.

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