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10 Things You Never Knew About Queen Elizabeth II

Written by Asif Ullah Khan

She studied constitutional history and law.
The Queen was tutored at home by Britain’s best tutors. She studied constitutional history and law as preparation for her future role, and took lessons in religion from the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was also taught by the vice provost of Eton College.

She served in WWII.
QEII joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945, where she trained to be a mechanic. She was the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member.

 

She met Prince Philip when she was 8-years-old.
Although they attended many of the same events as young children, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip met officially in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Prince George, Duke of Kent.

She learned how to drive in 1945.
The Queen learned how to drive during her time in the army, and if often spotted out taking herself for joy rides in her Range Rover or Jaguar.

She has owned over 30 Corgis.
The Queen has famously loved Welsh Corgis ever since she was young. She has owned over 30 of the dogs and even bred them herself.

Prince George calls her “Gan-Gan.
” Kate Middleton says that her eldest son, Prince George, calls his great grandmother ‘Gan Gan.’ According to PopSugar, “Gan-Gan” is a “designation that generations of royals have used to describe their great-grandmothers.”

She speaks fluent French.
Queen Elizabeth II learned to speak French at a young age from French and Belgian governesses. She often speaks in the country’s language when visiting, and even shocked many when she delivered an address at the State Banquet in 2014 speaking French.
According to the official royal website, “It is a skill which has stood The Queen in good stead, as she often has cause to use it when speaking to ambassadors and heads of state from French-speaking countries, and when visiting French-speaking areas of Canada.”

She receives around 70,000 letters a year.
The Queen receives about 200-300 letters a day. She chooses a few to read herself, and then has members of her staff respond.
The official Royal website says that “The Queen is shown almost all of her correspondence on a daily basis by one of her Private Secretaries, and she takes a keen interest in the letters she receives.”

She owns all of the swans and dolphins in the U.K. waters.
As if her flock of Corgi’s weren’t enough pets, all of the swans and dolphins in the U.K. waters technically belong to the Queen. “As early as the twelfth century, the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans in the country because the birds were highly valued as a delicacy at banquets and feasts,” says Reader’s Digest.
The Queen also owns all of the whales and dolphins in the waters around the United Kingdom. A statute from 1324 states, “Also the King shall have whales and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm.” This statute is still valid today, and whales and dolphins are recognized as “fishes royal.”

She has 30 Godchildren.
Queen Elizabeth II has a grand total of 30 godchildren. Her long list of godchildren include Guy Nevill, the son of Lord Rupert Nevill and Lady Camilla Wallop, Princess Theodora of Greece, daughter of Constantine II and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark, and James Ogilvy, son of Right Honourable Sir Angus Ogilvy and HRH Princess Alexandra of Great Britain.

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