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Queen Elizabeth: Two birthdays, 15 PMs and an Arsenal fan – 9 unusual facts about the Queen

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Queen Elizabath. Photo: PA

Queen Elizabath. Photo: PA

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First minister Peter Robinson (centre) at the Lyric Theatre in Belfas

Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness watched by First minister Peter Robinson (centre) at the Lyric Theatre in Belfas

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Queen Elizabath. Photo: PA

When Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96, she was Brtitain’s longest-reigning monarch,

However, given that the royal family is shrouded in privacy, and the fact that the Queen rarely gave interviews, there’s a lot that people might not know about her.

She left people with little insight into her life aside from her the fact that she had a penchant for corgis and boasted an eclectic hat collection.

From her surprising education history to how many times she was portrayed on screen, here are the most interesting facts about the Queen.

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Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in 'The Crown'

Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in 'The Crown'

Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in 'The Crown'

1. She was portrayed in roughly 100 films and TV shows

According to data from IMDb, the Queen was portrayed by actors on screen an estimated 100 times, with notable portrayals including Claire Foy, who played her in Netflix's The Crown and Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her role as Elizabeth II in The Queen.

2. She drank one glass of champagne every night before bed

Some swear by an apple a day, however, the Queen’s daily rituals came complete with an elevated sense of grandeur.

According to the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, the late royal monarch took a gin and Dubonnet before lunch and would drink a glass of wine with her meal, followed by a dry martini and a pre-bedtime flute of champagne.

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The late Queen Elizabeth II greeting the new Prime Minister Liz Truss two days before her death. The woman was literally dying on her feet yet she continued to fulfil her duties.

The late Queen Elizabeth II greeting the new Prime Minister Liz Truss two days before her death. The woman was literally dying on her feet yet she continued to fulfil her duties.

The late Queen Elizabeth II greeting the new Prime Minister Liz Truss two days before her death. The woman was literally dying on her feet yet she continued to fulfil her duties.

Were she to do this every day, Her Majesty would have been consuming six alcohol units per day, which would have qualified her as a binge drinker by government standards.

3. She didn’t have a passport

While most of us would be fairly immobile without either a passport, it was all fair game for the Queen, who could happily travel overseas without needing the booklet usually require to leave a country.

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“As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one,” read the royal family’s website before her death, adding that all other members of the royal family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, do have passports.

4. She had two birthdays

The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 - however, her “official” birthday was celebrated by the nation in June at the annual Trooping the Colour parade, which has been a traditional celebration since 1748.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth with her first corgi

Britain's Queen Elizabeth with her first corgi

Britain's Queen Elizabeth with her first corgi

5. She saw 15 different UK Prime Ministers come into power

From Sir Winston Churchill to Liz Truss, Her Majesty saw it all.

6. She is said to have been an Arsenal fan

The monarch was outed as a fan of the North London football team by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, himself an avid supporter, during a speech in the House of Commons in 2016.

“Now, we know the Queen is absolutely above politics. She may be above football, too, but many locals harbour this quite secret view that she’s actually, privately, a Gooner,” the Labour party leader revealed.

The club’s former midfielder Cesc Fabregas has also claimed that Her Majesty told him she was “a fan” of the team during a reception at Buckingham Palace in 2007.

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Pat O'Connell meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the English Market in May 2011. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan/Maxwells

Pat O'Connell meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the English Market in May 2011. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan/Maxwells

Pat O'Connell meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the English Market in May 2011. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan/Maxwells

7. She spoke fluent French

The Queen was one of the most well-travelled British monarchs in history and delivered a number of official speeches in French when visiting the country, showing off her prowess for languages.

8. She hosted more than 50,000 people at Buckingham Palace each year

Thanks to a thriving social calendar, the Queen was truly the hostess with the mostess, welcoming thousands of people into the Palace at various lunches, dinners, banquets and garden parties.

9. She was married for more than 70 years

In 2017, the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated 70 years of marriage, marking the couple’s platinum wedding anniversary.

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Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday and her funeral is scheduled to take place next Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday and her funeral is scheduled to take place next Monday.

Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday and her funeral is scheduled to take place next Monday.

They married at London’s Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1946 and reportedly celebrated the milestone with a private, low-key party at Windsor Castle.


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