Five things you probably didn't know about Queen Elizabeth II

Five things you probably didn't know about Queen Elizabeth II

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Text: Vimidamini Haridasan

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9 September has passed, which makes Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning UK monarch in history. You've seen her on everything from cups and postcards to currency notes in the past 60 years — but do you really know her?

89-year-old Queen Elizabeth II finally breaks her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record as the longest reigning monarch in Great Britain. While Prince George's OOTDs often steal headlines, it's about time we shed some light on the Queen Bee: How much do we know of the famous royal?

1. She's the only person in Britain who can drive without a license or a number plate on her state car.
She may be the Queen, but that doesn't mean she needs to be waited on hand and foot. Having acquired the skill in the Second World War, she now enjoys ferrying herself and her security detail in a Range Rover. Who needs irresponsible Uber drivers when you can take the wheel?


2. She has two different birthdays, the first on 21 April and the second on a Saturday in June.
Every year, she holds a private celebration in April on her actual birth date, coupled with public gun salutes. Meanwhile, a second official celebration is held in the summer when the weather is much more forgiving for a grand parade. With two birthdays, it appears she can have her cake and eat it too.


3. She once woke to find a stalker in her bedroom.

In 1982, an unemployed labourer named Michael Fagan climbed a drainpipe to enter the royal bedchamber. Rathar than panic, the quick-witted monarch had a calm 10-minute conversation with her intruder and played the perfect host by offering him a cigarette, an opportunity which allowed her to alert the staff. We have to hand it to Fagan for trying though — getting into the palace undetected to greet the world's most heavily guarded granny is no easy feat.


4. Her full title is 'Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith'.
And you thought you had problems with your middle name and double-barrelled surname. This certainly brings new meaning to the phrase 'What's in a name?'.


5. The Royal Train comes with chefs, lace-trimmed pillows and a no-bumpy track rule during the Queen's 7.30am bath.
Everyone loves a little me-time in the bath and it seems the Queen is no different.  We hate to think of what would happen should there be a bumpy track at 7.30am.