7 things you might not know about Queen Elizabeth II as she marks 70 years on the throne

London — As the United Kingdom and its (*70*) nations have a good time the Platinum Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth II’s file 70 years on the throne, listed here are seven things Buckingham Palace has shared that you could not know about the British monarch. 

  1. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II grew to become the longest reigning monarch in British historical past on September 9, 2015, surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Queen Elizabeth II turns into longest-serving British monarch


2. Elizabeth has met 13 of the 14 Presidents of the United States who’ve served throughout her reign. She did not meet President Lyndon Johnson. 

Sir Paul McCartney and best-selling writer Tina Brown replicate on Queen Elizabeth’s unprecedented reign in “Her Majesty The Queen: A Gayle King Special.” The particular airs on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Thursday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS and can stream on the CBS News app and Paramount+ on Friday, June 3.

Joe Biden — Queen Elizabeth
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth walks with President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, June 13, 2021.

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3. Elizabeth was given a Corgi named Susan on her 18th birthday in 1944. She has owned greater than 30 Corgis and Dorgis throughout her reign — most of them descendants of Susan. 

Inside the royal lifetime of the Queen’s corgis


4. Elizabeth joined the ladies’s department of the British Army — the Auxiliary Territorial Service — throughout World War II, changing into the first feminine member of the royal household to serve as a full-time, energetic member of the navy. During her service, she discovered to drive and keep automobiles.

Royal Princess Learns Motor Repair
Princess Elizabeth, then the inheritor obvious to the throne of England, is proven checking the motor of a military car throughout her coaching at an Auxiliary Territorial Service depot in southern England, April 18, 1945


5. Then-Princess Elizabeth despatched her first email correspondence on March 26, 1976. The message — which might later turn into recognized as an electronic mail  — was despatched to the U.S. Secretary of Defense to formally open collaboration between the two international locations on a navy computer programming language. She was the first British royal, and amongst the first folks outdoors prime secret navy circles, to ever use the technology.

Gayle King explores the extraordinary life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II


6. The queen’s present main residence, Windsor Castle, is the largest and oldest palace in the world nonetheless in use by a royal household. William the Conqueror ordered development to start in 1070, and the his fortress was prepared 16 years later. It has been a house to Britain’s kings and queens ever since.

Inside St. George’s Chapel at Winsdor Castle


7. Elizabeth’s formal coronation ceremony in 1953 — about 4 months after she really took the throne upon the demise of her father, King George VI — was the first to be broadcast on dwell tv. Some 27 million folks watched it in the United Kingdom alone.

Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the bishop of Durham Lord Michael Ramsay (L) and the bishop of Bath and Wells Lord Harold Bradfield, walks to the altar throughout her coronation ceremony on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey, London, as her maids of honor carry her practice.


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