Published: 20/09/2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Here at 1Plus1, we are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty and extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Royal Family.

We mark the passing, with some interesting facts about Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II who died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, Buckingham Palace on Thursday 8th September 2022.

The Queen bought her wedding dress with WWII ration coupons

According to British Heritage, the Queen purchased the material for her wedding dress using ration coupons and returned donations from women around the UK.

The Queen's first horse was called Peggy

The Queen was given a Shetland pony called Peggy, , by her grandfather King George V, and has been riding them ever since.

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The Queen has owned many Corgis

We know the Queen loves Corgis, but did you know she has owned over 30 across her life?

Princess Diana called them a moving carpet!

The Queen studied constitutional history and law

After her father became King in 1936, Princess Elizabeth began studying constitutional history and law. Her Majesty also studied French, German and music when she was educated at home.

The Queen could speak fluent French

According to Express, the Queen is likely to have learned French as a small child from her tutor and governess, Marion Crawford. When visiting France, the Queen would always speak the language.

The Queen didn't need a license to drive

The Queen was the only person in the UK who does not need to have a driver's license in order to drive on public roads.

She travelled more than any other British Monarch

The official Royal Family website notes that, Her Majesty did more travelling than previous any British Monarch. She made over 150 visits to Commonwealth countries alone.

During World War II she volunteered as a truck driver.

The then Princess Elizabeth volunteered as a truck driver and mechanic during World War II. This made her the first female member of the royal family to serve in the military.

More than 21,000 engagements were carried out by Her Majesty during her 70 year reign.

The Queen has sat for over 200 official portraits

Her Majesty sat for over 200 official portraits during her lifetime. The first photograph by Anglo-Hungarian artist Philip Alexius de Laszlo was in 1933, when she was just seven-years-old.

Her Majesty made her first radio broadcast aged 14

The Queen, well known known for her radio and television broadcasts, first spoke on the radio aged just 14.

Speaking about children being evacuated, she said on BBC's Children's Hour: "I can truthfully say to you all that we children at home are full of cheerfulness and courage. We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war." Listen here.

The Queen's first Christmas broadcast was in 1952

After her Accession on 6th February 1952, the Queen broadcast her first Christmas Message live on the radio from her study at Sandringham.

Her Majesty has visited more than 100 countries

Visiting more than 100 countries during her reign, she has been to Canada 22 times and France 13 — more than any other country in Europe.

The Queen opened Sydney Opera House

On 20th October, 1973, the Queen opened the now-iconic Australian landmark, Sydney Opera House.