|Elizabeth II Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||April 21, 1926|
|Date of Death
||September 8, 2022|
Elizabeth II was the Queen of the United Kingdom. She received all her formal education at home from private tutors. She remained politically neutral and hence, didn’t cast a vote. She was made the Head of the Commonwealth after her father died. She held the record for being Britain’s longest-reigning queen regnant. She ruled for 70 years and 214 days. At the time of death, apart from the United Kingdom, she was also the Queen of 14 other Commonwealth realms.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Lillibet, Betty, Her Gracious Majesty and Defender of the Faith
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on September 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. Since October 2021, she was facing health issues such as difficulty in walking and standing.
Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Elizabeth and her sister Margaret received a private education at home from their governess Marion Crawford. Private mentor of Elizabeth was Henry Marten (who was Provost of Eton College), who educated her in constitutional history.
Elizabeth used to communicate in French fluently due to her governesses, who were native speakers.
During World War II, Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service and took an interest in a Vehicle Maintenance Course at Aldershot.
Queen of the United Kingdom
- Father – George VI (Former King of the United Kingdom) (Died in 1952)
- Mother – Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Former Queen of the United Kingdom)
- Siblings – Princess Margaret (Younger Sister)
- Others – King George V (Paternal Grandfather)
She didn’t have a manager.
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm (Peak Height)
Her height was later considered to be 5 ft 1 in or 155 cm.
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1947-2021) – Her Majesty met Prince Philip for the first time in 1934 and then in 1937. When she was 13 years old, The Queen fell in love with him and they started sending letters to each other.
The Queen was 21 when their commitment was formally reported and their engagement was officially announced on July 9, 1947. Philip was made Duke of Edinburgh and granted the style His Royal Highness just before the marriage. Finally, Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. The couple had 4 children together, Charles, Prince of Wales (b. November 14, 1948); Anne, Princess Royal (b. August 15, 1950); Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b. February 19, 1960); and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. March 10, 1964). The couple remained together until Prince Philip’s death on April 9, 2021.
Race / Ethnicity
The Queen had English, European Royal, traces of Anglo-Irish, Hungarian, French, and German with some amount of Irish, Dutch, Scottish, Danish, Belgian, Swedish, and Bohemian/Czech ancestry.
Dark Brown (Natural)
Due to her advancing age, her hair had turned ‘White’.
Short Curly Hair
6.5 (US) or 37 (EU) or 4 (UK)
Queen used these products on a regular basis –
- Wilkin & Sons – They are most famous for their delicious Tiptree jam. In 1955, the Queen awarded a Royal Warrant to the brand.
- Charbonnel Et Walker Ltd – Charbonnel Et Walker has been making extravagant English chocolates since 1875; one of the most seasoned and most settled chocolatiers in Britain. For many years, they had been supplying chocolates to the Royal Family, first to King Edward VII from 1903 and after that, to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, starting from 1970.
- Walkers Shortbread Limited – Founded in 1899, they claim to make and sell the best Scottish shortbread and Oatcakes in the world. They were granted a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen in 2002.
- Tate and Lyle Sugars (Manufacturers of Lyles Golden Syrup) – Founded in 1881, a sugar syrup that tasted simply delicious was made by this company. They were awarded Royal warrant not once, but twice, once in 1922 and again in 1955 by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Schwartz (Herbs and Spices) – Since 1889, Schwartz has been creating fine-quality herbs and flavors. They can still be found in any British Supermarket. In 1998, Queen granted the brand a Royal Warrant.
- Twinings (Tea and Coffee Merchants) – Founded in 1706, Twinings have been manufacturing tea in the UK for more than 300 years. It was founded by Thomas Twining. In 1955, Queen Elizabeth awarded Royal Warrant to the company and it was renewed by Prince Charles in 1993. Even the late Queen Victoria awarded Twinings her first Royal Warrant back in 1837.
- James White Drinks Ltd (Fruit and Vegetable Juice Manufacturers) – This drinks company acquired their first Royal Warrant in 2002 from Queen Elizabeth II. They are popular for producing the finest quality fruit and vegetable juices in the world.
- John Walker & Sons Ltd (Scotch Whisky Distillers) – In 1820, a scotch whisky company was founded by John Walker, a 15-year-old boy. It is a globally successful brand. This whisky brand has got their Royal Warrant from every monarch since King George V. Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Royal Warrant to the company in 1955.
Anglicanism (part of the Christian faith)
Best Known For
Being the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Her Majesty made her first theatrical film debut in the comedy crime movie The Brain in 1969. But, her role was uncredited.
First TV Show
The Queen made her first TV show appearance in the comedy TV series The Jackie Gleason Show in 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II of England was the longest-serving monarch in British history. In spite of her age, Queen Elizabeth was in the top well being. Her previous gourmet expert expressed that she cherished being around her pets, and stayed aware of the animals helped stay her fit. She didn’t fixate on what she ate.
According to her former chef Darren McGrady, Queen Elizabeth was very disciplined and it certainly helped her to stay well. She was very good at staying away from the food which was unhealthy or not good for her in some way, which is something most people can’t do in the contemporary world.
Queen’s typical meals were pretty simple like –
- Breakfast – She had a cup of Earl Grey Tea (without milk or sugar) along with a bowl of Special K cereal.
- Lunch – The Queen enjoyed her favorite food, fish, and veggies.
- Dinner – She liked to have roast beef, lamb, or salmon.
Elizabeth II Favorite Things
- Food – Grilled or poached fish with salad or veggies
- Beauty Products – Eight Hour Cream and Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Bold Red
- Perfumes – Molton Brown, British brand Yardley, and Floris perfume
Elizabeth II Dogs
- The Queen was very fond of dogs and had owned more than 30 dogs during her rule.
- She also had a dorgi named Candy.
- One of her dogs named Vulcan sadly passed away in December 2020.
- She was gifted a cross between a corgi and dachshund named Fergus in 2021 by Prince Philip during his final days in hospital in April and was also given another dog of the same breed named Muick in the same year. Sadly, Fergus passed away in May 2021 at just 5 months old.
Elizabeth II Facts
- The Queen used her purse as a communication tool to send signals to her staff.
- Her Majesty could travel all around the world without having a passport.
- Another perk of being a Queen was, she could drive her car without a license plate. She was the only person in Britain who could do that.
- She joined the British Army during WW2 in the women branch alongside Churchill’s daughter in 1945.
- She had visited Australia more than 15 times.
- The Queen was on the Australian dollar of denomination 5 which was issued in 1995.
- She supported more than 600 charities and organizations all around the world.
- Her Majesty hosted 50,000 people every year at various parties at Buckingham Palace.
- In spite of the fact that her birthday was on April 21, she formally celebrated it in June every year.
- Her Majesty could speak French fluently.
- Prince Philip and the Queen had sent more than 38,000 Christmas cards throughout her reign.
- In 1986, she became the first British monarch to visit China.
- She had more than 30 godchildren.
- The Queen loved horses. Her love for them started when she was only 4.
- She made a gesture for women’s empowerment in March 2004. She hosted an event named ‘Women of Achievement’, which was the first women-only event in Buckingham Palace.
- She took birth at 02:40 (GMT).
- In October 2020, Queen Elizabeth was criticized for not wearing a mask during her first official royal visit after lockdown. She was visiting a top-level laboratory. But, the royal source confirmed that all the social distancing norms were followed and everyone was tested negative before the meeting.
- In November 2020, she was seen wearing a face mask (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) for the first time publicly at the Remembrance Day Event. Before that, she was seen without the mask during a public event.
- During 2020 Christmas, Queen Elizabeth didn’t personally hand out gifts to staffers. She had preferred to stay at Windsor Castle rather than Sandringham to celebrate Christmas as a precautionary measure for COVID-19.
- On December 10, 2020, accidentally, Queen’s official Twitter had tweeted ‘Thanks’ which they deleted after approx 6 minutes. During that time, the tweet had reportedly received 1,260 likes and 591 retweets.
- In January 2021, she received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Queen Elizabeth II was left-handed.
- In June 2021, Queen received a deep pink rose on the 100th birth anniversary of Prince Philip that was actually created in honor of late Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
- In October 2021, Queen Elizabeth II had canceled her trip to Northern Ireland on her doctor’s advice as they wanted her to rest for the next few days.
- In January 2022, she honored Daniel Craig, who has played James Bond in 5 films, with an award called Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG). Queen had broken the tradition to give him this honor because before this, it was generally reserved for real-life diplomats or spies in the UK.
- In February 2022, it was revealed that Queen Elizabeth had been tested positive for COVID-19. In March 2022, it was revealed that she had recovered from the virus.
- In June 2022, after France’s Louis XIV, she became the world’s second-longest reigning monarch in history. She overtook Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej who ruled for 70 years and 126 days between 1927 and 2016.
- On September 8, 2022, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth was under “medical supervision” at Balmoral Castle. Her death was later confirmed that evening.
- Funeral plans for Queen Elizabeth II were codenamed ‘Operation Unicorn’ (named after Scotland’s national animal) after her demise in Scotland.
- The day of Elizabeth II’s death would be known as D-Day.
- A secret letter was written by Elizabeth II in 1986 which is locked inside a locker in an Australian building. She had addressed that letter to the Lord Mayor of Sydney and wanted that the letter should be opened in 2085 and her message should then be conveyed to Sydney’s people.
- Elizabeth II’s lookalike Mary Reynolds announced her retirement after 34 years ‘out of respect’ for the monarch. She was 89 years old at that time. Reynolds has played Elizabeth II in various films and TV shows.
- On September 19, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II was buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle in Berkshire. Her funeral was attended by 2,000 guests.
- When she was being buried, a thin white stick called ‘Wand of Office’ was broken by Baron Parker (senior most official of the royal household) and placed on Elizabeth’s coffin before it was lowered into the royal vault.
- Elizabeth II was the third-most searched celebrity of 2022 on Google. Amber Heard was the most searched.
- In late 2023, Elizabeth II’s 19-year-old Range Rover car was sold for £132,750.
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