What an exciting few days we’re having here in the UK.
Red, white and blue is everywhere you look at the moment, brightening up this dull June weather! We had a lovely party yesterday (in the rain!) – complete with bingo and a red, white and blue theme! I even attempted some fancy 1950s hair which I will post about later.
In celebration of the jubilee, here is a small collection of facts about Queen Elizabeth!
- The monarch learnt to drive in 1945.
- Unusual live gifts given to the monarch on foreign tours include: two tortoises presented in the Seychelles in 1972; a seven-year-old bull elephant called Jumbo from the president of Cameroon in 1972 to mark the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary; and two black beavers presented after a visit to Canada.
- In an average year, the monarch will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and garden parties at Buckingham Palace. The sovereign also hosts more than 8,000 people each year at garden parties and investitures at Holyroodhouse, during Holyrood Week.
- The sovereign has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign, starting with Susan who was a present for her 18th birthday in 1944. A good proportion of these have been direct descendants from Susan. The Queen currently has three corgis – Monty, Willow and Holly. The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog known as the dorgi when one of her corgis was mated with a dachshund named Pipkin which belonged to Princess Margaret.
- The Queen has sat for 129 portraits during her reign.
- During the past 60 years almost one and a half million people have attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen ended debutante presentation parties in 1958.
- The sovereign has given out approximately 90,000 Christmas puddings to staff, continuing the custom of George V and George VI.
- During the last 60 years, the Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 78 state visits, to 116 different countries.
Facts from Huffington Post