When the Queen first fell in love and what are her secret pastimes
by Sylvia Ong /
April 18, 2016
She Has Two Birthdays
The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday which is usually the second Saturday of June.
She Speaks French
The Queen and her sister, Margaret were home schooled, where they took lessons in French, mathematics, history, dancing, singing and art.
She Wasn’t Supposed To Be Queen
Her uncle, King Edward VIII, was a playboy who abdicated the throne after he fell in love with American socialite Wallis Simpson who had married twice by then. When King Edward eloped to France, Elizabeth’s father, second to the throne, became King George VI.
She Began Royal Duties At 14
During World War II in 1939, Elizabeth made her first radio broadcast to reassure British children who were separated from their homes and families. Speaking in a calm and firm tone, the young princess said, “In the end, all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace.”
She’s An Expert Driver and Car Mechanic
When she was 19, Elizabeth volunteered at the Auxiliary Territorial Service to help in the war efforts for a few months. There, she trained with other British women to be an expert driver and mechanic.
She Married Her First Love
It was love at first sight when Elizabeth met her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at 13. Philip is a son of Prince Andrew of Greece, and was boisterous and outspoken. Her father King George VI didn’t like him because he felt Prince Philip wasn’t rich enough and had a rough personality.
She Couldn’t Afford Her Wedding Gown
Elizabeth and Philip married in 1947 when Britain was recovering from WWII. Even as a princess, Elizabeth had to get coupons for her wedding gown. And since she didn’t have enough, dozens of other bride-to-bes from around the country sent her their wedding dress coupons. Aww…
She Was As Fashionable As Kate Middleton
When Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1953, she was known for her very regal fashion look: fitted bodices with elaborate embroidery and beading, enormous poufy skirts, pastel colours, luxe silk fabrics, and opulent tiaras. Although she doesn’t wear a gown these days, she still wears fashionable 1950s dresses, and always insists that her hats and brollies match her outfits.
She Has Unusual Pastimes
The Queen is naturally quiet and reserved, and we hear enjoys reading mysteries, working on crossword puzzles, and watches wrestling on TV!
She Created The “Dorgi” Did you know the Queen has had 30 corgis since she was 18? Plus, unintentionally created the “dorgi”, when one of her corgi mated with Princess Margaret’s daschund Pipkin. She now has two dorgis named Candy and Vulcan, and two corgis called Holly and Willow.