Ten things you may not know about HRH

1. The Queen was born at 17 Bruton St, London W1 on the 21st April, 1926.

2. In an average year, The Queen will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace.

3. The Queen learnt to drive in 1945.

4. With the birth of Prince Andrew in 1960, The Queen became the first reigning Sovereign to have a child since Queen Victoria, who had her youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857.

5. The Queen’s real birthday is on 21st April, but it is celebrated officially in June.

6. The Queen has sent over 175,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth.

7. The Queen is a fully qualified mechanic. She did her training during WWII.

8. To formally greet the Queen men should perform a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. On presentation to The Queen, the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am’.

9.It was love at first sight when the Queen and Prince Phillip met at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, when Princess Elizabeth, then aged 13, was shown round by Cadet Captain Prince Philip of Greece. She collected clothing coupons for her wedding dress. The official wedding cake was made by McVitie and Price Ltd, using ingredients given as a wedding gift by Australian Girl Guides.

10. The Queen introduced a new breed of dog known as the “dorgi”, when one of the corgis mated with a dachshund named Pipkin.

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