10 Interesting Facts about Her Majesty The Queen

Today, 11th June the celebrations continue in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Official Birthday.  Since the seventeenth century it has been tradition to mark the monarch’s birthday on a day other than their actual birthday, should it fall outside of summer months.  The Queen’s 90th birthday is sure to stretch far and wide as the nation celebrates Her Majesty’s personal milestone.

Here are 10 interesting facts about Her Majesty The Queen:
  1. She is history’s most widely travelled head of state, having visited 116 countries during her reign.
  2. Friction between her coronation gown and the carpet was so great that she could barely move forward and she had to ask the Archbishop of Canterbury to, ‘Get me started!’ 
  3. She races pigeons and in 1990 one of her birds came first in a stage of the Pau International race.
  4. She is a keen Scottish country dancer and puts on the Gillies’ Ball every year at Balmoral Castle. 
  5. In 2002, at 76, Elizabeth became the oldest monarch to celebrate a Golden Jubilee.The youngest was James I (James VI of Scotland), at age 51.
  6. She travelled on the London underground for the first time in May 1939 and opened the new Victoria Line in 1969.
  7. Her wedding dress was woven with silk that came from Chinese silkworms kept at Lullingstone Castle.
  8. Her wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold that came from the Clogau St. David’s mine near Dolgellau.
  9. She holds in trust for the nation a vast hoard of art, including 7,000 paintings, 40,000 watercolours and drawings, and about 150,000 old master prints by the likes of Rubens, Rembrandt and Titian.
  10. And finally, all commemorative coins have to be approved by Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty personally approves all of them!
‘I have pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust’ – Queen Elizabeth II 

Source: London Mint Office