The Queen At 90
The Queen visited my hometown in The Lake District back in 2013. I was very fortunate to capture some photos of her up close, which to this day I am still quite proud of…especially the one of her on the royal train, at Oxenholme Train Station.
Here are some fun (& slightly silly) facts about the queen you might not know:
- The Queen is the 40th monarch since William the Conqueror became King of England in 1066.
- She doesn’t need a passport to travel.
- The Queen is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
- She doesn’t need a driving license to drive.
- The Queen was born on 21 April, 1926, but her official birthday is celebrated in June.
- She really put her stamp on the postal system.
- The Queen sent her first email in 1976 from an army base. She’s probably sent more tweets than your grandmother ever has.
- She’s probably never had a microwave meal
- On 9 September 2015 the Queen will become the longest reigning monarch in British history — overtaking Queen Victoria’s record.
- She probably uses the word ‘whoopsidaisies’
- The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944.
- She’s never had 6 wives, and she’s never beheaded any of them!
- Her Majesty owned her first house at the age of just six. It was called Y Bwthyn Bach, which means the little cottage, and was sited in the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Park. It was given to her by the people of Wales in 1932.
- She made garden parties a thing. Gary Barlow organised her Diamond Jubilee party.
- She’ll write you a letter if you live long enough!