Tuesday 6 December 2016

If the handbag is on the floor, then you're a bore

On the eve of Queen Elizabeth's historic first visit to Ireland, John McEntee gives 25 little known facts about the enigmatic 85-year-old

Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00

1 SHE is Britain's biggest landowner, with 250,000 acres of agricultural land and 15,000 acres of forest in England and Scotland. In addition, she owns huge swatches of Kensington, Victoria, Millbank and the City as well as half the country's foreshore.

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2 She is a qualified car mechanic dating back to her wartime service in the Women's Royal Army Corp.

3 She only started to pay income tax on her Civil List payments in 1991.

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