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To kick off her grandson Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, the Queen gamely participated in a fun video challenging the Obamas to show her support.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016
Besides being super supportive of her family’s endeavours, the 90 year-old is fiercely protective of them too. As her other grandson, Prince William said in an interview, “Growing up, having this figurehead, having this stability above me has been incredible. I have been able to explore, understand, slightly carve my own path. I greatly appreciate and value that protection.”
Back in 1997 when Princess Diana passed away, the Queen flew her grandsons to Balmoral in Scotland to protect them from the public eye and gave them space to mourn in private.
If you’re a fan of the Queen, you’d know how much she absolutely loves dogs. Since her childhood days, the Queen owned plenty of different dogs included five corgis, five cocker spaniels and four dorgis (dachshund-corgi crossbreeds).
Despite how she had to get three stitches back in 1989 from a dog bite, the Queen is said to have kept more than 30 dogs since she was young.
Besides dogs, she’s also the rightful owner of many swans in the River Thames.
In fact, the Queen is the only head of state who can proudly say she’s served during World War ll. Plus, the Queen is the only female member of the British Royal Family to do so! What a badass!
No matter the occasion, you’ll never see the Queen looking less than fab. In a way, her amazing style has set and upheld a standard for other Royal Family members to always look their best and put their best foot forward.
Here’s another reason why the Queen is a total badass: she can repair, tune and drive military trucks.
In WWll, the Queen joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned to fix engines and repair military trucks.
Before any of us had ever heard of Google or fumbled with an iPhone, the Queen was already way ahead of us.
The Queen sent out her email back in 1976 while on an Army base!
Barack Obama might be the most spontaneous figure head around but the Queen shouldn’t be ignored either.
Back in 2012, the Queen appeared alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a short clip to announce the opening of the London Olympic Games. In the clip, the Queen appears to be skydiving down towards the Olympic stadium.
While she may have used a body double in the clip, the fact remains that the queen was more than willing to allow herself to be a part (whether she was there or not) of such fun.
Considering that British passports are all issued in the name of the Queen herself, she doesn’t actually have to possess one.
The best part is, she’s the only one in the Royal Family who doesn’t have one!
In 1981, when a then 17 year-old Marcus Sarjeant fired six blank shots at the Queen during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, she was unfazed.
The first thing the Queen did after the shots were fired? Calmed her horse down and continued riding.
While she’s usually chauffeured around in public, the Queen usually gets behind the wheel of a Land Rover while moving around her private estates.
In fact, back when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia came to visit her at her Scottish estate, the Queen happily drove him around. Don’t think that’s badass enough? Consider that Saudi Arabia bans women from driving.
This post was updated on 12 December 2019.