15 Majestic Facts about Queen Elizabeth II

8. She does not need a driver’s license, a license plate or a passport.

Since all British passports are issued in the queen’s name, she herself doesn’t need one

9. Her Royal Highness speaks fluent French.

The queen often uses the language for audiences and does not need an interpreter for state visits.

10. Queen Elizabeth II is the first head of state to open two Olympic Games in two different countries.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, UK.

11. The Queen sends signals to her staff with her purse.

If she switches her handbag from one arm to the other, it indicates to her staff that she’s ready to wrap up her current conversation.

According to the Telegraph, if she puts her handbag on the table at dinner, it means she wants the event to end in the next five minutes. And if she puts her bag on the floor, it shows she’s not enjoying the conversation and wants to be “rescued” by her lady-in-waiting.

12. The Queen is the face of Australian currency.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with The Queen as Sovereign. Her royal title in Australia is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

13. She was the Queen of 12 countries that have become independent during her reign.

Queen Elizabeth is queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

She is Head of the Commonwealth, which means she is or has been Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

14. She didn’t want her coronation televised.

Elizabeth, who didn’t even allow cameras into Westminster Abbey for her wedding to Prince Philip, didn’t want the event televised. An overseeing committee called the Coronation Commission, chaired by Prince Philip, was instated to tackle the question. Eventually, the Queen’s advisors convinced her to allow the event to be televised, with the condition that she wouldn’t be filmed in close-up.

15. She wasn’t supposed to become Queen.

When she was born, Elizabeth was third in the succession line to the throne. Her place in line for the throne was secured only after her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated the crown to marry Wallis Simpson and was succeeded by Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. Elizabeth was 10 at the time.

God Save the Queen.

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