Happy 88th Birthday to HM, The Queen of England

QE II Portrait

A few facts about Queen Elizabeth II in commemoration of her 88th birthday

Her official title after 1953 is Elizabeth II, By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

She is a fluent French and Latin speaker.

She is not afraid to apply lipstick in public. She even told American First Lady, Laura Bush that is was “all right to do it”.

As hard as it is to believe, according to Sally Bedel Smith, Queen Elizabeth II owns a cellphone and she uses it solely to text her grandchildren.

On a state visit to Australia in 1954, during an argument with Prince Philip, the Queen was filmed “hurling shoes, threats and sporting equipment, and venting the sort of regal fury that, in another age, would have cost someone their head”, according to writer Robert Hardman. “I’m sorry for that little interlude,” she later said, “but, as you know, it happens in every marriage.”

When the Queen and Prince Philip were reunited in Portugal in 1957 after a four-month separation because of official duties, he wore a tie with hearts on it.


Rare and Classic Photos of the Queen from LIFE Magazine.

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